Research with Visually Impaired Runners

HART researchers, Mrs Dona Hall (doctoral researcher), Dr Patricia Jackman, and Prof Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson have recently published an article based on Dona’s research dissertation on the lived experiences of visually impaired (VI) runners and their sighted guide runners. The article, which is available open access in the international journal, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health, explores participants’ running journeys and experiences of running together as embodied dyads. Whilst participants were generally highly positive about their running experiences, some barriers to participation were also identified. The findings highlight the importance of developing high-quality relationships between VI runners and guides, alongside reinforcing the need for social change to promote greater inclusivity. The article can be accessed here.

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