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BBS & England Athletics Guide Running Update

BBS & England Athletics Guide Running Update

BRITISH BLIND SPORT AND ENGLAND ATHLETICS GUIDE RUNNING UPDATE

As lockdown restrictions across the UK are being changed, British Blind Sport has been working closely with England Athletics to update guidance on the status of guide running in England.

The government recommendations are that people remain 2 metres apart, or 1 metre with extra protection measures, therefore we understand that extra modification is essential on account of a disability or impairment.

As such, guide running can once again begin to take place as long as both guide and visually impaired runner fully understand the increased risk associated with the activity and follow the mitigations included in the updated guidance.

Guide running should ideally take place with participants running side by side and should only take place outdoors. You should maintain social distancing from other people when out running and ensure that hands are washed before and after activity. We also recommend that running tethers are thoroughly cleaned between uses.

Ideally, where possible, both parties should be from within the same household or support bubble to decrease risk of the virus spreading. However, if this is not possible then guide running should take place between the same pair until further lifting of restrictions are advised (i.e. guide runners only run with one VI runner and vice versa).

It is also important that guide and VI runner have up to date contact details for one another, for track and trace purposes.

Please be aware that neither British Blind Sport nor England Athletics can take responsibility for any risk, injury or illness incurred during guide running and that all participants must fully understand the risk that they are taking on by resuming this activity.

If you have any queries, please get in touch by emailing info@britishblindsport.org.uk or phoning the BBS office on 01926 424247.

For further information from England Athletics, click here to view the updated guidance on the England Athletics website – included in the three guidance documents for Athletes & Runners, Coaches & Leaders, and Road Running Coaches.

 

 

England Athletics Road Running

England Athletics Road Running event in 2019

Do you know any VI Road Runners who may be interested to attend?

We want to talk to you about road running

To register your interest please email roadrunning@englandathletics.org stating your name, email address, club and role within the club.

England Athletics is hosting a further series of events for club runners, coaches, leaders and club officers. As with previous events, you can come along to find out more about England Athletics’ work with road running based clubs and share your own thoughts and ideas with senior members of England Athletics staff.

Each Road Running Road Show event will also have an international endurance athlete attending and attendees will have an opportunity to ask any questions they have about their training, competition and more at the end of each evening.

The sessions will last around 2.5 hours and will be attended by England Athletics programme leads across a range of road running based activities and other senior staff such as our Chief Executive Chris Jones.

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The dates for February 2019 are as follows:

To register your interest please email roadrunning@englandathletics.org stating your name, email address, club and role within the club.

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So Let’s Go Running Taster Day!

Free Running Taster Day - 10 Sept!

SLGR‟s “Yes WE can!” Running Taster Day

On Sunday 10th September 2017, affiliated running club SLGR, along with the locally-based ‟So Let’s Go Running‟ community running groups will be hosting a ‘taster’ afternoon at Erith Leisure Centre to promote, introduce and celebrate running for runners of all abilities.

Joining the four-hour event will be Paralympians T11 100m and 200m sprinter Libby Clegg and T36 long-jumper Ryan Raghoo.

The event will be a drop-in session

  • Venue:  Erith Leisure Centre, Avenue Road, Erith DA8 3AT
  • Date: Sunday 10th Sept Time: 1.30pm-5.30pm
  • Cost: FREE Nearest Station: Erith
  • Contact: Brian Page Email: brian@slgr.co.uk or on 07833 640800 or Dawn Annett Email: dawnannett@outlook.com or on 07738 727341

As a newly-appointed Inspiration Club, SLGR are working alongside England Athletics in the Team Personal Best initiative to widen the scope of running in the community, by offering an afternoon of running sessions and drills to runners and would-be runners of all abilities in their ‘running without barriers’ approach, utilising qualified Leaders in Running Fitness and Guide Runners to work alongside those that come along.

Inspired by the recent World Para Athletics Championships, SLGR will be offering running
opportunities to those who may not be able to access or participate in club or group sessions, and will have two special guests in attendance.

Approximately 1 in 5 (12 million) people in the UK have an impairment or health condition.
1 in 30 people have a visual impairment that has an impact on their daily life.

7 out of 10 disabled adults want to do more sport.

1 in 4 adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year.
Psychological barriers play the biggest role in disabled people not taking part in sport.
With the above facts in mind, SLGR will be focusing on making running accessible and
inclusive for everyone.

Visit the England athletics website: englandathletics.org

 

Running Taster Day – 10 Sept!

Free Running Taster Day - 10 Sept!
Venue:
Erith Leisure Centre, Avenue Road, Erith DA8 3AT
Time:
1.30 pm - 5.30 om
Phone:
07833 640800
Date:
10th September 2017
Cost:
FREE
Contact:


SLGR‟s “Yes WE can!” Running Taster Day

On Sunday 10th September 2017, affiliated running club SLGR, along with the locally-based ‟So Let’s Go Running‟ community running groups will be hosting a ‘taster’ afternoon at Erith Leisure Centre to promote, introduce and celebrate running for runners of all abilities.

Joining the four-hour event will be Paralympians T11 100m and 200m sprinter Libby Clegg and T36 long-jumper Ryan Raghoo.

The event will be a drop-in session

  • Venue:  Erith Leisure Centre, Avenue Road, Erith DA8 3AT
  • Date: Sunday 10th Sept Time: 1.30pm-5.30pm
  • Cost: FREE Nearest Station: Erith
  • Contact: Brian Page Email: brian@slgr.co.uk or on 07833 640800 or Dawn Annett Email: dawnannett@outlook.com or on 07738 727341

As a newly-appointed Inspiration Club, SLGR are working alongside England Athletics in the Team Personal Best initiative to widen the scope of running in the community, by offering an afternoon of running sessions and drills to runners and would-be runners of all abilities in their ‘running without barriers’ approach, utilising qualified Leaders in Running Fitness and Guide Runners to work alongside those that come along.

Inspired by the recent World Para Athletics Championships, SLGR will be offering running
opportunities to those who may not be able to access or participate in club or group sessions, and will have two special guests in attendance.

Approximately 1 in 5 (12 million) people in the UK have an impairment or health condition.
1 in 30 people have a visual impairment that has an impact on their daily life.

7 out of 10 disabled adults want to do more sport.

1 in 4 adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year.
Psychological barriers play the biggest role in disabled people not taking part in sport.
With the above facts in mind, SLGR will be focusing on making running accessible and
inclusive for everyone.

Visit the England athletics website: englandathletics.org

 

How to be a Guide Runner!

Becoming a guide runner article from London Athletics

Becoming a Guide Runner

original article by londonathletics.org 

Anyone can support a visually impaired person by guiding them whilst running. England Athletics have a specific Guide Runner Licensing scheme supported by British Blind Sport so we can identify guide runners who meet certain criteria and therefore have the relevant training and welfare checks to match them with a visually impaired runner. To become a licenced guide you need to:
1)    Attend a Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running workshop (see below)
2)    Undertake a DBS check

Click Here to take the national survey for people interested in becoming a guide runner.

Click here to download a Guide Runner Licensing FAQ sheet

Sight Loss and Guide Running Workshop

The England Athletics Sight Loss Awareness and Guide Running Workshop has been developed in conjunction with British Blind Sport and provides runners, leaders, coaches and volunteers with information and experience in guide running for people with a visual impairment. The workshop covers a number of areas including types of visual impairment (VI), behaviour and terminology and how to make running sessions VI friendly. The two hour workshop also includes a practical element where attendees get the chance to experience guiding and being guided by each other.

England Athletics staff are trained to deliver the workshops and can discuss possible dates to deliver in your area. If you are a club, RunTogether group leader, sighted runner or volunteer and would like to take part in a workshop,

Click here to find a Sight Loss and Guide Running workshop.

If you have any problems booking onto courses please contact the LEARN team on
Tel: 07872 161 406 or  Email: learn@britishathletics.org.uk

Here is what previous attendees had to say about the workshop:

“I really enjoyed the workshop and now feel better informed as a guide. It’s also great that at my Running Club we now have this expertise to offer. Personally being guided with a blindfold made me appreciate how much trust visually impaired people have to place in us!” Mike
“I have run with my guide for over two years now. It was very much find our own way on how to do things so to actually go along to a workshop and gather other information and experiences was extremely useful.” Keith

More about British Blind Sport

British Blind Sport (BBS) is a registered charity and the leading voice in sport for the blind and partially sighted in the UK.  BBS believe in the many benefits that sport can offer people with a visual impairment, including improved health and mobility, broadening horizons, making new friends, and becoming more independent.

BBS encourage blind and partially sighted children and adults to participate in sport at all levels, from ‘grassroots’ to Paralympic representation.  In addition BBS provide help and support to the many professionals working with people with a visual impairment, particularly within leisure and recreation, sports development, education and social services.

Finding a Guide Runner

You can find a guide runner in your area by searching the national Find a Guide Database at www.englandathletics.org/findaguide.  The Find a Guide database only shows licenced guide runners.