Leamington Regency 10k is helping blind people be active

This year's Regency Run in Leamington is supporting British Blind Sport.

This year's Regency Run in Leamington is supporting British Blind Sport.

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This year’s Regency 10k Run is supporting a Leamington charity that helps blind and partially-sighted people take part in sports activities.

The event, organised by Leamington and District Round Table, has raised funds for British Blind Sport for the past few years and will be doing so again when runners take to the course on Saturday April 17.

British Blind Sport encourages adults and children to participate in activities at all levels, from grassroots to the Paralympic Games.

It operates an online ‘guide running service’, through which visually impaired runners can be matched up with guide runners to run socially or competitively.

Fundraising manager Ian Carr said: “The Wright Hassall Regency Run is a fantastic event and we’re really grateful to the Round Table for supporting us.

“The event has really helped us to raise the profile of British Blind Sport in Coventry and Warwickshire and funds raised will support our guide running programme, so we can continue our work in getting visually impaired people into running through the online matching service.”

On the day of the race, participants and spectators will be able to find out more about the guide running service at the charity’s stall.

Ian added: “We want to send out the message that sport can help boost confidence and encourages social interaction, which many visually impaired people find hard. It’s just a great way to bring people of any age together.”

Mark Chambers, from Leamington and District Round Table, said: “This is our 12th year hosting the Wright Hassall Regency Run. There is always such a good atmosphere and a great sense of community, so it should be a fantastic day.”

To enter the Regency 10k Run, visit www.regency10k.co.uk

To find out more about the charity, visit www.britishblindsport.org.uk