Top tips for running blindfolded

Running blindfolded may sound scary at first but it’s actually a whole lot of fun. We’ve compiled our top tips on how best to prepare for the RSBC Blindfold Run and make sure you have a blast in the process!

Practice makes perfect

The most important thing is to get out there and practice with your partner regularly before the RSBC Blindfold Run. The more confident you feel on the day, the more you will enjoy the experience.

Swap roles

We want everyone to have a memorable experience, and for most runners, this usually means running half the course blindfolded and the other half as the guide runner. If this sounds like you, make sure both you and your partner have a chance to practice guiding and being blindfolded.

Train off-road 

Running blindfolded may seem daunting at first, so keep to quiet, off-road locations like your local park.

Keep close

Included in your pack is a tether; an elasticated band that you can use to wrap around your hands or wrist as a way of staying attached to your running partner. It is up to you whether you use a tether. You may find that you prefer holding hands or your partner’s elbow. Try it out for yourself to find what works best for you.

Communication is key

Describe your environment - for example, “we’re going to start running uphill”, “the surface is becoming slightly uneven”, “approaching a kerb in 5,4,3,2,1” and so on. Keep directions clear and concise and give your partner as much warning as possible. Remember, your partners’ senses will be heightened once the blindfold is on so try to put yourself in their (running!) shoes.

Run with other runners

There will be plenty of people running alongside you at the RSBC Blindfold Run so it’s a good idea to train in areas with other runners around before the big day like at your local Parkrun.

Don’t run before you can walk

This event welcomes runners and walkers alike. Practice guiding and being guided with your partner at a walking pace first.

Relax and have a blast

Most importantly - enjoy yourself! The RSBC Blindfold Run is not timed and it’s not a race - it’s all about having fun and the thrill of crossing that finish line together.

Get in touch

If you have any questions and would like to speak to a member of the team about the RSBC Blindfold Run, please call us on 020 3794 8287, email us at blindfoldrun@rsbc.org.uk or for more information visit our FAQ page.

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