Vision-impaired runner and his guide
They’ve crossed finish lines together at Sydney’s Half Marathon, City2Surf and the Mother’s Day Classic – and now their goal is to complete the New York Marathon in November. “The main thing is to get to the start line,” says Wenner, who meets with Green every Sunday at the steps of the Art Gallery of New South Wales so they can train together, tethered at the wrist, for around ten kilometres. “I kept seeing people in yellow shirts here in the Botanic Gardens and it’s such a nice thing to do, to enable people who couldn’t run outdoors without help to do what I love the most, which is running outside,” she says.
Wenner is a volunteer with Achilles, a charity that pairs sighted runners with blind and vision-impaired runners so they can compete in fun runs around Sydney. “It’s quite a complicated process,” says Green. “We use the tether, which is extremely helpful, but there’s a distance between us, there’s turning right and left, signalling, and I have problems with depth perception, so if the course is undulating it’s very easy for me to trip over or lose my balance. Achilles – the club, the guides – it’s been a lifesaver. There’s no way I could get out there and run without them.” EJ