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British Blind Sport and England Athletics have launched

20 May 2016

TraceyBritish Blind Sport and England Athletics have launched
Find a Guide’,
a national guide runner database to support more people with a visual impairment to run.

The database is an online tool for anyone aged 18 years or older with a visual impairment, whether they have never run before, are a gym goer looking to take their running outdoors or a seasoned runner looking for a new guide. It will enable visually impaired people to go for a run on their own, join a club or running group or take part in an event or race.

The simple search function within the database allows users to search for a guide runner in their local area. All guide runners on the database are licenced which means they are DBS checked and have attended an England Athletics ‘Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running’ workshop.

The launch of the Find a Guide Database is part of a national drive by British Blind Sport and England Athletics to support more visually impaired people to get active through running by putting them in touch with trained guide runners in their local area. There are currently 112 guide runners registered on the database across England, in particular guide runners are available in Cambridgeshire, Gloucestershire Leicestershire, London, Nottingham, Hampshire and South Yorkshire. 

Kirstie Bower, Service Director at the Charity Guide Dogs said “It is great to see the start of such a great initiative and we are going to be passionately supporting this exciting new project to help it grow as it goes forward”

You can find a guide runner here!