Andrew Jones Running the 10K with his Guide Runner Ben Roback!
I started running regularly in 2003 when a friend started up a local running group whilst training another friend to run the London Marathon. I initially ran without a guide but as my sight deteriorated I discovered that I did not fall behind and was safer running holding onto a friends arm.
I ran my first race in 2005 and in 2006 I ran my first and last race without a guide when I did not manage to meet up with my guide at the start of the race. I bought a good treadmill in 2009 as I decided that I either learnt to run on one of these scary machines or I would have to stop running. I have kept up with my running but it is difficult to remain motivated to run on your own on a machine without training for a goal or a race.
I joined Metro a year ago and have found my running spirit again. When I am running I am winning because it should not be possible for me to run due to my eyesight. It allows me to compete against my failing vision.
I joined Metro to regain the social aspects of running. I competed in the Metro games in the summer, and I have started running regularly at Park Run. I met Ben at the Metro Games where he offered to run as my guide.
We have now run several times together despite living over an hour apart. and last week, I ran my first 10k race with him. I had not managed to run for over three weeks due to a back injury and had also not run on hard surfaces for several years.
We talked our way around the first 8k and then the race was on as Ben had suggested picking up the pace at each of the last markers and making sure I had a sprint finish. Well, sprint finish was duly provided but the aspect of running which I am realising is most important is showing up and taking part. Thanks to Ben and to Metro.
My suggestion for anyone thinking of taking up running or joining Metro would be to give Metro a go and don’t look back!
article by Andrew Jones