What does it take to be a guide runner?
Top advice from guide Tim and running partner Nick
■ Start slowly on easy terrain. “Practise a few short runs together, and imagine what kind of obstacles you’ll encounter that you may need to navigate,” says guide runner Tim Vincent.
■ Get plenty of practice before racing. “The added complication of so many people in such a confined space can be quite stressful,” says Tim.
■ Be confident. “Short, clear, decisive instructions are best,” says blind runner Nick Thorley. “You need to be confident in what you say and how you run.”
■ Communicate well. “After you’ve run together for a while you’ll get used to how much and how little instruction is necessary.” says Nick.
■ Be a team player. “Guide running is a case of switching from the highly individualistic mindset of a runner, to the teamwork mentality of guide and guided runner,” says Tim. “Check on each other, encourage each other.”
■ Be prepared to take a tumble. “We haven’t yet, although we’ve come close a few times!” says Tim.