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Pound the pavement with Jane

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Tassie girl Jane Blakeway has just moved back home from Melbourne and is starting a running meet up, for the blind and vision impaired community who would like to start running/ walking or jogging with like-minded people.

Above: Runner Jane Blakeway is calling for runners and walkers to join her. Picture supplied by Jane.

There are numerous health benefits to running and jogging regularly.

Running can:

  • help to build strong bones, as it is a weight bearing exercise
  • strengthen muscles
  • improve cardiovascular fitness
  • burn plenty of kilojoules
  • help maintain a healthy weight

Jane volunteered as a running guide in Melbourne and wants to bring the initiative here to Tasmania.

We caught up with Jane for a quick Q&A

When did you start running?

I started running again as an adult when I wanted to take a break from home life (three young children, lots of chaos – lots of noise). I started going for early morning jogs in an attempt to get some quiet/alone time. I found after a run my day always seemed a little better. I felt better, happier – so it wasn’t long before I was hooked.

What are the benefits of running?

Everything!! For me, it’s a mental, physical and emotional undertaking. I remember a doctor once saying to me, if she could write a script for exercise – the world would be a healthier and happier place. Running is my medicine and my meditation. I got fitter, which is always a good thing… but it was the impact on my mental state that was most profound. Taking up running changed my life (and for the better).

What do you like best / love about running?

Running clears my head, and makes me feel alive. It helps me think better, sleep better, be better. I also like working towards a challenge – a faster time, a harder run, a new experience… keeps me busy. It’s also great fun – even when it’s hard. I’ve never regretted going for a run – I always get something out of it.

How assisting blind running shaped your training and love of running?

 I’m always looking for a new challenge – a new adventure. I think it’s a great skill to have because it changes the game – you become part of a team, and that’s a wonderful experience – particularly for a runner, who usually functions in a solo sphere. It adds a whole new dimension to the sport – you get to meet people, learn about different challenges, and be part of something unique and special.

Why Start a running/ walking group in Hobart?

Because it’s fun and I thought ‘why not?’

If you are interested in joining Jane please contact her at

To find out about our other events happening in Tasmania connect with us on the VisAbility Tas Facebook page

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