Double Dash is our brand new 5k fun run. Inspired by blind and partially sighted people running with guides, it’s a unique spin on a classic 5k, where you sign up with a partner to double up and run connected.
You’ll have a tether which keeps you attached by the wrist all the way to the finish line, a popular way to run with a guide, and whether you need a guide or not, running with a friend is lots of fun, egging each other on all the way to the finish line.
There’s no running event like it in the UK – it’s not just about fitness, it’s about co-ordination and collaboration too. You’ll run together, fundraise together, and together we’ll break down the barriers faced by people with sight loss.
Where and when does Double Dash take place?
Double Dash takes place on Saturday 11 May 2019 in Regent’s Park London, and the race starts at 11am. Download the route map here.
Who can take part in Double Dash?
Double Dash is a fun and easy run designed to get everyone involved, whether you see 5k as a walk in the park or a new personal fitness challenge. Even if you’ve never run before this is a fun and easy run designed to get everyone involved.
We want everyone to get involved and have planned this event to attract people at all levels of experience and fitness, varying sight conditions or no sight condition at all, and all ages.
Do I have to be blind or partially sighted to take part?
No. This event is for everybody blind, partially sighted or sighted, but everyone runs tied together, whether you require a guide runner or not. It’s the perfect opportunity to understand the skills required to run in partnership with someone else.
If you’re a beginner runner this is a perfect short distance to start your running journey. If you’re a keen runner, then it’s a unique challenge; either way it’ll give you the motivation to find a running buddy.
How long does it take, and do I have to run?
Depending on your fitness, how much you train and whether you run, walk or jog, it could take anything between 25 to 75 minutes.
We will ensure everyone gets to complete the event, even if you walk the whole way.
Will I get a race time?
Yes. Although this is not a race, every pair will get a timing chip on race day, so you know how long it took you to complete, as we know there’ll be some keen beans who want to get competitive!
How much does it cost to enter?
The entry fee for a pair is £20 and you pay this upfront when you register. Please note that this fee is non-refundable.
What if I can no longer take part and need to withdraw?
We understand this happens, as life can get in the way. So just get your Double Dash buddy to find a replacement and get in touch with the challenge events team on [email protected] or call 0345 345 0054 to get your replacement registered.
What if my Double Dash partner can no longer take part and they need to withdraw?
We understand this happens, as life can get in the way. So just find yourself a replacement Double Dash buddy and get in touch with the challenge events team on [email protected] or call 0345 345 0054 to get your replacement partner registered.
Are there any age restrictions?
You need to be at least sixteen years old to take part. If you’re between the ages of sixteen and eighteen, you will need to be accompanied at the event by a parent or guardian.
If you are a parent and want to take part with a child who is under the age of sixteen, please contact the RNIB challenge events team at [email protected] to discuss this, as we may be able to organise exceptions.
One of you will need to be the lead partner and will register your details and pay your £20 joint entry fee. Once this is completed you will receive a unique registration link to share with your partner which they then need to complete. Once you’ve both registered online your team is complete and your Double Dash journey begins.
What if I haven’t found a partner to take part with yet?
Unfortunately we can’t match individuals up, so you need to find a running buddy to take part with before you sign up. If you’re struggling for ideas, here’s a few to get you started; your best mate, a work mate, your partner, a parent, a sibling, your next door neighbour or your boss!
Training and support
How do I train to run together with someone else?
This event is a fun run and although many will be looking to achieve a good time, it’ all about completing the challenge together, having fun and raising money for RNIB.
Running tied by the wrist to your Double Dash buddy definitely adds more of a challenge than a typical 5k run and we recommend practicing and including tethered running as part of your training, which is a great excuse to buddy up in training! Plus, once you sign up we’ll provide you with advice and training support of how to do this, and nearer to the event we’ll also provide you with a RNIB tether for you to use.
Running with a guide for professional and competitive runners requires significant technique and training, with a big focus on co-ordination and synchronisation of arm movements and stride, to find the most efficient way of running together. So keep this in mind, and we’ll be sharing top tips of people with experience of this throughout your Double Dash journey.
How do I train for Double Dash?
Once you sign up we’ll send you a 5k training plan, and we’ll be in regular contact with our top tips and hints on how to make the most of your training. It is your responsibility to ensure you have a basic level of fitness to take on Double Dash and if in doubt consult your GP.
What support can I expect from RNIB?
Our friendly events team will be there every step of the way to support you. We’ll make sure you are fully prepared for Double Dash, help you to raise as much money as possible and make sure you have an experience you’ll never forget.
Once you’re signed up, we send you a fundraising pack full of our top tips, and will be in regular contact with expert fundraising and training advice, giving you all the inspiration you need to smash your personal and fundraising goals.
We’ll also give you a RNIB t-shirt to wear on the day and an RNIB tether to use to train.
How much money do I need to fundraise and by when?
As a pair we ask you to jointly raise £250 (so £125 each).
Reaching this pledge means we have enough money to put on a great event, whilst ensuring we raise lots of money for RNIB to continue our work. Not reaching your sponsorship pledge impacts on what RNIB can achieve, so please ensure you are confident in reaching your pledge before signing up for Double Dash.
The deadline for sending in your sponsorship money is four weeks after the event – Thursday 7 June.
Fundraising online is the quickest and most effective way to get donations rolling in; be sure to personalise your page and explain what fundraising for RNIB means to you, and don't forget to share your page far and wide.
How do I send cash and cheque donations to you?
Please bank cash into your own account and then send it to us via one of these three easy ways:
Write a cheque to ‘RNIB’, including a note with your name, address and supporter reference, and post to:
RNIB, 105 Judd Street, London, WC1H 9NE.
Call 0345 345 0054 to make a card payment over the phone
If your sponsors are UK taxpayers, we can claim an extra 25p from HMRC for every £1 they donate. For online donations Gift Aid is automatically sent to us, but if you collect cash or cheque donations, follow these steps to make your fundraising go even further:
Always use our official sponsorship forms (you can photocopy them or contact us if you need more)
Ask your sponsors to complete their details clearly
Make sure they complete all the details on the form
Most importantly get them to tick the Gift Aid box
Don’t forget to post us your sponsorship forms back to us
My employer offers matched giving, how do I send this to you?
You'll need to check and agree this with your employer in advance. After the event, confirm the amount you've raised with them and they'll organise for the money to be sent to RNIB. Make sure they give your full name and a reference to Double Dash to ensure the money is correctly attributed to you.
If you haven't found the the answer you're looking for, contact our challenge event's team who'll be happy to help. Please email [email protected] or call 0345 345 0054. If you're not ready to sign up for Double Dash just yet, you can register your interest and we'll be in touch with some more event information.