Join Morecambe’s first blindfold run

Photp: David Hurst'Galloways North Lancashire Fundraiser Anna Scott leads Morecambe Arndale Shopping Centre Manager Sue Byers to demonstrate how the Blindfolded 5K Run will operate
Photp: David Hurst'Galloways North Lancashire Fundraiser Anna Scott leads Morecambe Arndale Shopping Centre Manager Sue Byers to demonstrate how the Blindfolded 5K Run will operate

Morecambe’s first ever Blindfold Run is calling for people to take part and experience the everyday challenges people face living with sight loss.

The run, sponsored by the Arndale Centre, is encouraging people to ‘find a friend, wear a blindfold and run 5k.’

It is set to take place along Morecambe promenade on Sunday May 17 and it is hoped funds will also be raised for Galloway’s Society for the Blind.

Anna Scott, North Lancashire Fundraiser for Galloway’s met with Sue Byers, manager of The Arndale Centre, who are proud to be sponsoring the new event.

Sue and Anna were both given a taster of what the Blindfold Run participants will experience

Anna said: “It was quite disorientating to start off with but then you start to build up the trust between you and your guide.

“By the end I’d really started to relax and was able to follow the directions given to me by Sue.

“It was quite liberating to put your trust in someone that way.”

As well as the 5k run there will also be a shorter one mile family fun run available for families or beginners who prefer a lighter stroll.

There will be free taster sessions for all potential runners who are interested in finding out more about what running or walking blindfolded feels like.

The sessions will be on Wednesday April 29 at the Eric Morecambe Statue in Morecambe at 6pm.

There will also be a second taster session at the same meeting point on Thursday May 6 at 6pm.

To find out more about the Blindfold Run call Anna on 01524 414846 or to sign up visit https://gallowaysblindfoldrun.eventbrite.co.uk

Galloway’s is a local charity that provides services including: specialist equipment and advice, talking newspapers, training, escorted holidays and short trips, outdoor activities and support groups. The charity has to raise £1million this year to maintain its services and relies on donations from members of the public.