Athletics for blind & partially sighted people

Athletics is an integral component of the Paralympic games, each sport being divided up according to sight category, with track events carrying the option of a sighted guide runner (attached via rope) for those with low or no vision.

Annual Metro Athletics Championships

Held every summer in London, blind and partially sighted athletes from all over the country attend, and overnight accommodation is available if needed.

The Championships are a highlight of our year. They remain the number one event for blind and partially sighted athletes, in the region, regardless of experience. Open to everyone from juniors to veteran athletes they incorporate a comprehensive track and field programme ranging the 60m sprint to 5,000m. Field events include the high and long jump, shot put, discus and javelin. Run in accordance with UK Athletics and International Blind Sports Association’s rules by a team of qualified officials, the event is a great day out for families and many new friendships are forged.

You can access the results from this year's Games (held at Mile End Stadium) from the results tab in the 'quick links' box on the right-hand side of this page.

Dublin May Games

Metro also considers subsidy requests for athletes to attend the May Games in Dublin, which are organised by Irish Blind Sports. Click here for the Irish Blind Sports homepage.

Want to know more?

For further information about athletics for blind and partially sighted people,

You may also find these external links of interest:

UK Athletics (UKA)
International Blind Sport Association (IBSA)
International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
British Blind Sport (BBS)
England Athletics
England Athletics Guidance to Competiton

You can also download a comprehensive information pack on guide running in PDF format at the link below.

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