What does it take to be a guide run­ner?

Top ad­vice from guide Tim and run­ning part­ner Nick

Trail Running (UK) - - Guide Running -

■ 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.

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