COLIN JOHN­SON

Founder of a run­ning group for the vis­ually im­paired

Runner's World (UK) - - Human Race -

When vis­ually im­paired (VI) run­ner Chris Black­abee posted on so­cial me­dia that he needed a guide for the Bu­dapest Marathon, Colin, a sub-three-hour marathoner from Bris­tol, thought ‘ Why not?’. By talk­ing to Chris on train­ing runs Colin learned how many VI peo­ple be­come iso­lated from so­ci­ety. ‘It made me think just how much run­ning could of­fer in terms of build­ing confidence and widen­ing a VI per­son’s so­cial net­work,’ says the 52-year-old. In March this year, Colin launched a run­ning group for VI peo­ple, led by qual­i­fied guides. ‘ We just had our first run­ner fin­ish her de­but 5K, which was a great joy,’ he says. ‘Another mem­ber told us she nor­mally only makes it out of the house twice a week, so the run­ning group is a big deal – that alone makes the ef­fort worth­while.’

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