New look national guide runner database- Find a Guide launched
Posted: Tue, 03 Apr 2018 13:15
England Athletics and British Blind Sport have today (Tuesday 3 April) re-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 to find a guide runner, 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.
Launched in 2016 Find a Guide has been helping visually impaired people find guide runners across England to support them to run for nearly 2 years now. In this time over 1110 people have attended the Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop and over 720 guide runners have become licenced. The database has enabled visually impaired people to find a guide runner and go for a run on their own, join a club or running group or take part in an event or race.
The re-launch of Find a Guide has seen improvements to the database to make it even easier for visually impaired people to search for and contact a guide runner to support them to run and is part of a national drive by England Athletics and British Blind Sport to support more visually impaired people to get active through running.
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 licensed which means they are DBS checked and have attended an England Athletics 'Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running' workshop.
Over the next 12 months England Athletics and British Blind Sport are working with various partners and running clubs and groups across England to find and train more guide runners so that there are guides in all areas of the country.
There are 13 workshops planned across England in 2018 so if you're interested in becoming a guide runner visit the England Athletics website to find out more.
The need for the database has been highlighted by figures from Sport England's Active People Survey, 2016, which show that only 10.4% of adults with a visual impairment take part in sport once a week, compared to 36.1% of non-disabled adults.
England Athletics and British Blind Sport hope that Find a Guide will encourage more visually impaired adults to access the support they need to take up running or enjoy more frequent runs.
Running is one of the most accessible and low cost ways to be active and meet government recommendations to be moderately active for at least 150 minutes per week. Whether it's to get fit, improve health, make friends or take on a challenge running has something to offer everyone.