Guide Runner

Ref: CC465

Location: Coulsdon


I am looking for personal care for a Man

Drivers licence required: No

Hours per week:

Usual hour duration. E.g. once/twice every week or 2 or once a month, etc. Whenever suits you. Running Club: 3 hours every Tuesday evening (include 1-hour training) - location = Croydon / Coulsdon, Surrey. 5-10K run races: every Wednesday evening - up to 5 hours weekly. Location = London & occasionally around in the UK. 5-10-21-41K run races: Saturday/Sunday - up to 7 hours every 2 weeks. Location = London & anywhere in the UK.

Hourly pay rate:

£20 - £35 per hour dependent on experience and Deafblind qualifications

Do you love running? Have you got what it takes to make a difference in the life of a Deafblind runner?

  • Can you run 5k in between 25 to 35 minutes?
  • Can you run 10k in between 50 to 60 minutes?
  • And, can you run a half marathon in between 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours?
  • Note: Time is not important. I want to complete the course. I will have a 1:1 PT training and join a local running club in the coming months so it will improve my time.
  • LOCATION = I am based in London but run events can be anywhere around the UK.

I am a Deaf and partially sighted runner. (Deafblind Runner). I’m a positive, active person with a sense of humour, looking for a Guide Runner to assist me to get out running safely so I can keep healthy and active.

Ideally looking for a self-employed individual who will be willing to negotiate pay rates depending on experience and level of BSL capability.

What am I looking for in a Guide Runner?

  • You will have experience in running events
  • Be able to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends and bank holidays where necessary to guide me at events/races
  • Have a passion for running and enthusiasm
  • Be able to work on your own initiative
  • Have a good level of BSL, preferably level 3 and above
  • Desirable - an experience of working with Deafblind people would be an advantage, including the use of the Deafblind manual, other communication methods and guiding skills.
  • Enhanced DBS will be required, must be willing to uptake check through my supporting organisation who will cover the cost.

Benefits to you:

  • Free entry to races and events when working
  • Get a finisher medal/goods
  • Access to my google sheets for future run races
  • Signpost you to a sight loss awareness and guide running workshop information
  • Flexible working arrangements

Guidance for the role of a Guide Runner

  • You don’t need to have prior experience in guide running to become a guide runner, but you do need to love running and have experience in running events. Training will be provided.
  • Don’t run too fast and keep a steady pace with the DB runner. Always let the DB runner set the pace. It’s not your job to set the pace unless the DB runner asks you to.
  • To able to communicate with race briefings and other social chats amongst other runners and organisers.
  • Be alert and communicate often. As a guide, you need to be aware of what is ahead of both you and the DB runner at all times. Be conscious of distances, ground width, elevation, obstacles and everything else you see with your peripheral vision.
  • Point out all potential hazards such as slippery sections, gaps, puddles, potholes, obstacles, dogs, kids, other runners and everything else that you might encounter.
  • Be patient when guiding a DB runner through a course, especially when you’re doing it for the first time. They will not see you well due to the environment, or they might get confused with directions.
  • At times, you have to be assertive, especially in risky and hazardous situations. It’s perfectly fine to stop and go around an obstacle, or to yank a DB runner out of the way if it’s too late and their safety is at risk.
  • It’s normal for a DB runner to inform the guide what he or she is doing wrong and will offer suggestions on how to improve it. Don’t take offence. You have to be open to suggestions and accept criticisms as ways to improve your guiding skills.
  • Keep in mind that you’re not a coach, so never order a DB runner around or shout. Don’t be condescending and patronising either.

Duties include:

Candidate qualities:


All applicants must have the right to work in the UK and be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check if required.

Please note, if you are successful in your application for this position you will be employed directly by the individual employer and not Independent Lives. Successful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts.

*Exemption for gender is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9