RSBC Blindfold Run Questions

We've pulled together the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions our runners have to help you get ready for the RSBC Blindfold Run.

When is the RSBC Blindfold Run?

Sunday 4 November 2018

Where does it take place?

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Is it difficult running blindfolded?

It isn't as hard as it looks and with some practice runs, you'll build confidence in no time. If you are new to running, we suggest starting slowly, holding hands with your partner and only introducing a blindfold and tether once you feel comfortable running together.

Do you provide tips and advice on how to run blindfolded?

We have years of experience in supporting runners and will share our advice and tips with you from the moment you sign up. We will also hold a Taster Session (time & date TBC) where you can have a go with the help of our trained experts.

Does my partner have to sign-up at the same time as me?

No you can sign up at different times. There will be the option when you sign up to let us know your partner's name. If you don't know who you will be running with, just leave this blank.

Can you help me find a running partner?

If you're not sure who to run with and would like us to help you find your perfect running partner, we can do this through our 'Buddy Up' service. We have lots of guide runners who are primed and ready to go!

Can both blind and sighted people take part?

Yes, the blindfolded runner can either be sighted or vision impaired.

Do I need to buy any special equipment to run blindfolded?

All you need is a good pair of running shoes. RSBC will provide the rest; sending you blindfolds and a tether to practice with as soon as you sign up.

What is a tether?

This is 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 entirely up to you whether you choose to use the tether provided in your welcome pack. For some runners, you may find that holding hands or your partners elbow works better for you. Try it out for yourself to find what works best for you.

How old do I have to be to take part?

If you are 18 or over, you can choose from either the 5 or 10km distance. Under 18's can enter the 5k as long as they take part with a responsible adult who runs as their sighted guide.

Do I qualify for free entry?

Under 18's, vision impaired and blind runners can enter the 5km distance for free.

Is it ok that this will be my first 5/10k event?

The RSBC Blindfold Run is a fully inclusive event open to anyone at any ability, level and age. Each year, hundreds of people take part, be it their very first running event or their 100th! It isn't a race and should be taken at a pace you are comfortable with. Both walkers and runners welcomed.

How many Blindfold Run’s have there been?

The 2018 event will be the fifth annual RSBC Blindfold Run.

Can I swap roles with my partner halfway?

​​​​​​​Absolutely. We want everyone to have a great experience, and for most runners, this usually means they want to run half the course blindfolded and the other half as the guide runner.

What if my running partner is a completely different height to me?

Height difference surprisingly doesn't make much of a difference to our blindfolded duos; what matters far more is getting used to each other's pace and style or running. This is why practicing running together is so important - the more you train, the more comfortable and confident you'll feel running tethered to your partner.​​​​​​​

How does the blindfolded runner not fall over if they can't see where they're going?

Each blindfolded runner is tethered to their partner at the wrist. This way the guide runner is able to guide the blindfolded runner safely. Guide runners are encouraged to use verbal communication, letting their partner know useful information such as when corners are coming, if there is to be a change in ground surface, and when other runners are overtaking.

What is the route like?

With a route through the world famous Olympic Park, you'll be running in the footsteps of Mo Farrah, Usain Bolt and Laura Muir! The route takes place on mostly wide, flat paths through the park and passes a whole host of famous Olympic landmarks.

How should I start my training?

Regardless of whether you're taking part in the 5 or 10k, you should start your tarining slowly and only introduce the blindfold and tether once you feel comfortable. Try taking it in turns walking together to start off with. You may even find that holding hands works best in the early stages before you progress onto using the tether.

Is it a timed event?

No, the event is not a race so it won't be timed. We want you to take part at a pace you feel comfortable with so that you enjoy the experience as much as possible. You are more than welcome to time yourself using an app on your phone/watch. We do however prohibit the use of headphones for the health and safety of everyone taking part.

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry costs £12 each.

How will my fundraising help?

We ask that you raise £100 individually or £200 as a pair. This is enough to provide a blind child with support from the RSBC Family Support Service for an entire year.

What’s the easiest way to raise money?

In our experience, the easiest way to meet your target is by setting up a JustGiving page. As a pair, all you need to do is find 10 people to sponsor you £20 each. If you ask close family and friends first, you'll hit your target in no time!

Sound good? Sign up today!

Do you have any further questions?

We want you to have a fun, memorable and safe experience. That's why you can call us on 020 3794 8287 or email us at blindfoldrun@rsbc.org.uk with any questions you may have.

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