Achilles International

Para-sports and VI guiding organisation (UK Chapter)

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An Arsenal of guide runners

Thursday 1st February

Written by Emily (She/her)

Great guide running session. Together we supported 8 VI runners with laps around Arsenal Stadium

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Simon FitzmauriceKaty HulmMaddy AndersonMario RojasHarvey GallagherCharlie LintonAndy Clayfield

Achilles International London run a Personal Best (turnout)!

Thursday 25th January

Written by Simon Fitzmaurice

We had an absolutely smashing time at our weekly guiding and group run at Paddington Rec Track last night. Chris Blackabee, founder of the Achilles International London chapter left a lovely message about our session here:

"An absolute massive turnout last night of Achilles UK athletes, guides, volunteers and guide dogs at our regular weekly training session on the track. Thanks to each and everyone who made it such a great fun Workout. Was lovely to have the opportunity to have a great social In the pub afterwards with so many of you."

The picture shows a large group of people gathered for what appears to be a group photo at night. They are outdoors, with some individuals standing and others kneeling or crouching in the front row. The group is diverse in terms of gender and age, and many are wearing sports or running attire, with several in high-visibility clothing. There are also a few dogs with the group. In the background, there is a well-lit sports field with people playing a game, possibly football, surrounded by tall fencing. Trees are visible in the far background, and the area is illuminated by artificial lighting, giving the scene a vibrant nighttime atmosphere.

We will be back at Emirates Stadium next week on Thursday 1st February, starting from Arsenal Underground at 6pm:

https://www.goodgym.org/happenings/come-and-guide-run-with-achilles-international-emirates-stadium-7cd58318-cf39-452d-ad1b-16f38ce42f27

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Stratospheric Strides with Achilles International

Tuesday 23rd January

Written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Visually impaired (VI) runners Mark and Lynn joined Achilles International regulars Mike, Anne, Charlie, Simon and Kim at Stratford underground station last night for an awesome floodlit run around the Olympic Park.

The plan was to try out a new potential course for weekly Thursday evening runs throughout the year. In Winter, we run at Emirates Stadium and Paddington Rec Track (two floodlit locations), and in Summer, we run at Green Park as well. Together, we ran a smashing loop around Waterden Park, Olympic Park and past the Velopark- about 1.6 miles for a full loop, with a warm up and cool down run from the London Aquatics Centre (our chosen bag drop and guide dog watch location!).

We are very excited to see if this new location could work for future visits with Achilles International! Well done everyone!

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Simon FitzmauriceHarvey GallagherKaty HulmLucy Hill

Lively Laps and Lovely Labs

Thursday 11th January

Written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Achilles International and Goodgym met for their weekly group run this Thursday, catching up with our local guides, VI runners and beautiful guide dogs. 9 visually impaired runners ran laps around Paddington Rec Track last night, with the help of our excellent guides, bag watchers and dog walkers!

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Simon FitzmauriceHarvey GallagherKaty HulmAlan ArmstrongMichelle StoodleyNeil Macey

Guiders of the Storm

Thursday 4th January

Written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Achilles International returned for their first group run session of 2023 on Thursday- meeting up at Arsenal underground station and running at Emirates Stadium. 9 VI Runners and 16+ guides, supporters, bag drop helpers and dog walkers were on hand on the wettest group run in years! Undeterred, our experienced guides and VI runners did a smashing job of showing our new starters the ropes around the 700m concourse. An absolute success- well done everyone!

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Simon FitzmauriceAndy ClayfieldKaty Hulm
Charlie Linton

Pushing Paddington Paces with Achilles International

Thursday 16th November 2023

Written by Simon Fitzmaurice

Top running at Paddington Rec Track on Thursday evening with our Goodgym and Achilles International crew. Another bumper turnout for training during the Winter months. Plenty of new faces present following a recent UK Athletics hosted VI Guide Running course (set up by Chris Blackabee and PJ. Well done guys!).

We will return to the Emirates Stadium next week!

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