Sport Aberdeen to host free running guide event extravaganza


A free learn to guide session will be on offer to all budding runners, aimed at encouraging more people to become guides for visually impaired, blind and Deafblind athletes.

The event, named Super Saturday will take place this Saturday (14th October) at the Beach Leisure Centre.

Super Saturday will raise money and awareness for North East Sensory Services whilst giving people the chance to learn how a new skill. NESS has partnered with runner Ben Mair, who has set up Granite City Guide Running, to encourage more runners to run alongside visually impaired or blind athletes.

Mr Mair will be offering free taster sessions at the Beach Leisure Centre on Saturday 14th October 2017 at 10.30am.

Sport Aberdeen will be running 10 fitness classes as part of the event which will raise money for North East Sensory Services. Once registered, you can come attend as many classes as you like throughout the day. 

Jo Bell, Sport Aberdeen Director for Sport and Active Lifestyles, said:

“Super Saturday is set to be a great event that all the family can enjoy. There will be an opportunity to learn a new skill whilst also joining in with fitness classes and raising money for a brilliant cause.

“I am thrilled to be working together with NESS to deliver this training which is so important for visually impaired and blind athletes.

“As a registered charity Sport Aberdeen is committed to inspiring people and changing lives through sport and physical activity and I hope this event will highlight how small steps can really make a huge different to people’s lives.”

Graham Findlay, CEO, NESS, said:

“We are all looking forward to Super Saturday at the Beach Leisure Centre, as fitness is important to everyone, especially those who are hearing or visually impaired. Many of our staff run, both fully sighted, visually impaired, Deaf and hard of hearing, including myself, and guide runners are always needed.

“Becoming a guide runner is mostly about patience and communication, and everyone who enjoys running can take their fitness to a new level by learning how to be a guide. We hope as many people come along this weekend, to get fit and learn interesting new skills.”

Please call 01224 507739 to register for the day and to find out more information.