Use Your Senses for Guide Dogs

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Use Your Senses is Guide Dogs' brand new series of family friendly 5K fun runs. Unlike other 5K runs, around the course our Sense Stations will surprise your senses. You could find yourself experiencing a taste challenge, running in to a sea of scented bubbles or enjoying the harmonies of a choir.

Whether you want to take part with your family, friends or work colleagues, this event is suitable for everyone, so you can run it, skip it or walk it. Team up with the Five Senses Family today and change the lives of families living with sight loss.

Use Your Senses Locations

The 2017 events are now over, but we'll be back in 2018! Watch this space for next year's dates.

Use Your Senses Glasgow took place on 3 September 2017 - visit our Facebook album to see pictures from this amazing event!

Use Your Senses Telford took place on 30 September 2017 - check out some great pictures from the event on our Facebook page!

Use Your Senses Hertfordshire took place on 14 October 2017 - check out the great photos from the event on our Facebook page!

Use Your Senses Birmingham
took place on 3 December - the photos from this event are here!

Join the Five Senses Family

Team up against sight loss with the Five Senses Family! By taking part you can enjoy:

  • A welcome pack with everything you need to help you fundraise, plus your temporary tattoos for the day!
  • An exclusive invitation to visit your nearest Guide Dogs Training School for one of our open days – with the chance to meet our pups in training
  • Sensory experiences en route at our Sense Stations, and support from our team of extra noisy cheerers along the way
  • A bespoke training plan and dedicated support from our Events Team in the lead up to the big day
  • A goody bag and unique Use Your Senses medal when you cross the finish line
  • The chance to meet some of our guide dog puppies in training for a cuddle


Book your pitch space at one of our brand new events – Use Your Senses 5K 2017!

Each event will have an Event Hub where pitches will be located. Space for each event is limited and we will endeavour to ensure there is no excess duplication of products or services so that you have the best possible exposure. Applications will be assessed and confirmed in advance of each event. 

To apply for a pitch space at any of these events, please review the following documents:


Join the Five Senses Family volunteering team!

We are on the lookout for a team of volunteers to help make Use Your Senses 5K a success! If you have time to share and want to be involved we would love to hear from you.

Roles include:

  • General Event Assistant - Tasks could include helping set up / de-rig banners, signage, covering stalls, selling event merchandise and manning the event village activities
  • Sense Station Assistant - Tasks are dependent on the station but could include providing runners with a tasty treat, helping at snow/foam/scented bubbles stations or covering runners in powder paint!
  • Goody Bag & Medal Assistant - Tasks include distributing medals and goody bags to runners as they pass through the finish line.
  • Stewards & Cheerers - Tasks will include ensuring participants follow the right route, ensuring no participants cross restricted areas & cheering as they take on the course keeping spirits high!
  • Registration Assistant - Tasks will include marking participants on register, providing any resources & welcoming to event.
  • Bag Drop Assistant - Task will include covering the bag drop, taking bags and securely storing pre event and then covering collection post event.

Download Volunteer Application Form