Guiderunning.UK was born in 2014. Simon Wheatcroft and Braddan Johnson are the founders, initiating the grassroots network after being introduced by Claire Maxted, editor of Trailrunning magazine and hatching plans while running together.
Simon Wheatcroft lost his sight at 17 and began adapting technology to achieve the impossible. Through the aid of a smartphone and the feeling underfoot Simon learnt to run solo outdoors and ran his first ever race 7 months later – a 100 mile road race. Simon continues to run regularly. Boston to New York, New York Marathon and a desert run in Nambia completely solo with the aid of technology only are just a few of his amazing accomplishments. His blog can be read here http://www.andadapt.com/
Braddan Johnson started running around 15 years ago. Inspired to undertake his first ultra marathon while living in the US he has become fascinated by remote environments and what the human body can achieve. Enthralled by covering long distance over arduous terrain he partakes in multiple mountain marathons, multi day races and ultra trail events annually. Braddan recently completed the 2015 Dragons Back race and is soon off to Australia for his own desert experience the Big Red Run, a 6 day desert race in Queensland.
Simon: “Running is important to me. I love to train, I love to compete. But if I wish to do this outside of a controlled or familiar environment I need a guide. I typically reach out for guides through social media so when Braddan approached me for support with guiderunning.UK I saw this as a great opportunity to formalise a growing movement and offer clarity and insights to other experienced or aspiring runners and guides alike.”
Braddan: “I always enjoy training and finding new boundaries to push but it seemed the hours training could benefit others besides myself. Not all training needs to be flat-out and there seemed no reason that I couldn’t share a run with someone who wanted the same experience but needed support. I quickly drew blanks at all major connections and along the way met others with similar experiences. Eventually I connected with Simon.”
Guide running.UK is a grass roots network and as such whilst we offer advice we must clearly state that our support and guidance must be taken as suggestions only. We do not offer perfect solutions with fail proof outcomes – please always exercise care and common sense when meeting anyone new or undertaking new challenges.
That said, we have successfully achieved the development of a self-governing meeting point that allows experienced and aspiring VI and blind runners to connect with experienced and aspiring running guides alike. In time we are confident that this environment will continue to grow and become a reference point for individuals and clubs who are inspired by existing VI, blind and guide runners.
For more details and information please visit http://www.guiderunning.uk/