Visually Impaired Running – we run the course with VI goggles on

STANDARD CHARTERED GREAT CITY RACE 2016

STANDARD CHARTERED GREAT CITY RACE 2016

Original article from the cityrace.co.uk Blog

Experiencing running with a visual impairment is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Our man, Tom, was on hand again to try and complete the 5km circuit along with other VI runners, competing on behalf of the Thomas Pocklington Trust and Metro Sport.

Our man, Tom, was on hand again to try and complete the 5km circuit along with other VI runners, competing on behalf of the Thomas Pocklington Trust and Metro Sport.

Here’s what Tom had to say about his experience: “Having had a go at running with the VI glasses on before, I hoped that I would be ok for the main event. I was certainly nervous as the Great City Race is a big event with thousands of runners.

Would I be ok? As I set off with the other VI runners, led ably by my friendly guide, I experienced similar issues to before: was that an object or a shadow? I was also worried about crashing into one another runner, with only my hearing to rely on in order not to clash with someone else.

Soon however, we were 2k into the race, and I was well into my stride and actually enjoying myself, having becoming accustomed to the idea of jogging along without sight! I came to appreciate throughout the race the reliance you have on your guide.

You really do need to work as a team – just as Libby Clegg, an ambassador for last year’s race, had said. Fortunately for me, my guide was excellent and there was a real mutual respect in the help you are providing one another.

After the race was over, I asked myself – would I do it again? The answer came back in my head as a resounding yes. What an extraordinary experience. I was able, for a very short period of time, to put myself in the shoes of Noel Thatcher and other VI runners like him.

Not only had my admiration only grown stronger for them, I also felt a kind of kinship, a feeling that I had shared a common bond with the other guys. Bring on next year!”

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