This is Sam, and she loves running. She loves the mental and physical challenge involved, and running in all weather conditions.
However due to being registered blind, she can’t just chuck on her shoes and go for a run whenever she feels like it. She needs the help of a guide runner!
Runners who need to be guided have their own personal preferences, but with some top tips, anyone can do it!
Communication is really important when guiding a visually impaired runner. You need to be very descriptive and explicit about the surroundings and be very specific when pointing out obstacles or directions.
You need to give directions in advance as you approach curbs and other obstacles rather than as and when you encounter them.
It is generally perceived that guide running is all about what the visually impaired runner needs. Not true.
Guiding someone whilst running can be very stressful. Not only do you have to look out for yourself, but for the person you are guiding which is a big responsibility.
Talking, scanning your surroundings, looking up, looking down, and holding onto the person, pulling them out of the way of obstacles can all be very trying!
It is important that you can both tell each other what you need in order to have a safe and enjoyable run.
Many people have different preferences, for example using a black band to join together, or holding onto an elbow.
Follow these steps, and you could be a guide runner too!