Get active with RSBC and parkrun
RSBC are working with parkrun to help people with a vision impairment get active, make new friends and enjoy the outdoors.
parkrun is a series of 5k runs held on Saturday mornings in parks around the UK. They’re open to all, free to enter and are safe and easy to take part in. They’re also a great way to make new friends by walking, running, jogging or volunteering, however good your vision.
In 2017, 197 people with a visual impairment walked, ran or jogged a parkrun guided by a guide runner. So why not have a go?
It’s really easy to get involved and everyone is very friendly and welcoming – whether you’re a first timer or a Paralympian. With 492 parkruns across the UK, there’s sure to be one near you. There are also 180 2k junior parkruns that take place weekly on a Sunday for 4 – 14 year olds.
Kelly from Southport, who is registered blind and has completed 50 parkruns, says: “It feels really liberating to be moving faster than a walking pace outdoors – it’s like having a sense of freedom that you don’t often get when you can’t see, due to having to be relatively cautious when walking outdoors.”
Ready for a new challenge? Sign up today! Just follow these steps:
1. Go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/events/events/ to find your local event
If you’d like a guide runner or any other assistance, email the local volunteer team and they’ll be happy to help. You can find their email at the bottom of their event page. Estimate the time you expect to finish in if you can – this will help them pair you with a guide who will be comfortable at your pace.
2. Sign up at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/form/
3. Join parkrun’s Facebook group for people living with sight loss. It’s a great place to talk to people about trying out parkrun.