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Recommended Guide Development

The importance of trust cannot be understated. Never embark on guide running without being certain you are well prepared. It is up to you to ensure you are confident as a guide and it is up to you to ensure your guided runner has sufficient knowledge of your experience to run accordingly.

New or inexperienced?

  • Establish contact with experienced VI or blind runner.
  • Build this contact with email or phone calls - whatever works for you.
  • Arrange a small race or informal run - possibly with the runners existing guide if they have a regular run partner.
  • Treat this first run as training.
  • Be open to learning and accept your pre-conceptions may be challenged.
  • This is probably new and intimidating for your running partner also - be patient and work together.
  • Use our growing network to reach out to other runners who may wish for support and to share experiences and advice.
  • Start with smaller races and explore your potential as your experience grows.
  • Never be afraid to ask for feedback - you can only become a better guide with time and experience.

  • Here is a copy of the Guide Development

    Recommended Runner Development

    The importance of trust cannot be understated. Never run with a new guide without being certain you fully understand their level of experience and have established this trust. It is up to you to ensure you are confident as a runner and it is up to you to ensure your guide runner has sufficient knowledge of your experience to run accordingly.

    New or inexperienced?

  • Establish contact with guide or aspiring guide.
  • Build this contact with email or phone calls - whatever works for you.
  • Arrange a small race or informal run - if you have any concerns, run close to home, ask a family member to accompany you or find an experienced guide who can join you.
  • Treat this first run as training.
  • Be open to learning and accept your pre-conceptions may be challenged.
  • This is probably new and intimidating for your guide also - be patient and work together.
  • Use our growing network to reach out to other runners who may wish for support and to share experiences and advice.
  • Start with smaller races and explore your potential as your experience grows.
  • Never be afraid to give feedback - you can only become a better runner with time and experience. The same is true for your guide.

  • Here is a copy of the Runner Development

    Experienced?

  • Share your credentials and get out there! If you have a running guide please consider offering a 'team run' to an aspiring guide or share your experiences with another VI or blind runner.
  • You are a team of two

    Whether experienced or inexperienced. Whether VI, blind or guide runner PLEASE

  • Never forget YOU are the most important person in this team of two.
  • Ensure YOU are comfortable with the responsibilities you have taken on as a VI, blind or guide runner.
  • Do not run or race if YOU are not confident in your team mates abilities (but try to share your reasons in a constructive manner - the ultimate resolution is YOURS to decide)
  • Learn together and share your experience. Without your knowledge Guide Running.UK cannot grow

  • Happy Running!

    Braddan Johnson & Simon Wheatcroft.

    We are not an official organisation and as such cannot endorse the use of any advice shared in association with our brand. What we hope to achieve is a self-governing meeting point that allows experienced and aspiring VI and blind runners to connect with experienced and aspiring running guides alike.

    In time we hope that this environment becomes a reference point for individuals and clubs who are inspired by existing VI, blind and guide runners.

    Please support us in our endeavour.

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    guiderunning.uk is an online database of visually impaired, blind and guide runners as well as a resource for advice and notes on running with blind or visually impaired athletes. Our goal is to ensure people who wish to run - whether couch to 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon or ultra distance, VI runner or blind runner and people who wish to guide, whether experienced or not, have a simple route to the information and contacts required.

    We offer basic guide running advice, guidelines and connections for anyone wishing develop experience in the world of guide running. In time we hope to offer connections for many sports including visually impaired and blind triathlon, cycling and athletics.

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