Back Up takes on Parallel London
6 November 2017
After the success of last year’s Parallel London we were ready to take part in the world’s first fully inclusive and accessible push/run again. Participants both disabled and non-disabled united once more to run, walk, wheel, push or be pushed at this amazing challenge.
The event took place this summer at the iconic Olympic Park five years on from the London 2012 Paralympics. Parallel is such a unique event because it open to all ages and ability levels, and has no cut-off times.
We signed up a team of 11 amazing participants who along with their family and friends all completed their chosen challenge.
One of our wheelchair skills trainers, Rob Kinsman, who took part in the challenge both years says:
”I really enjoyed the first one and loved the atmosphere – it was nice seeing the Back Up people and also getting various friends along. So it was sociable, and pleasingly odd to see so many wheelchair users kicking about.”
Rob really enjoyed training for the event too. He adds: ”I did get much fitter training to do the first one, and have managed to keep the extra strength (which makes transfers and the likes much easier). So doing it again did at least give me some kind of motivation to keep going swimming/do some long pushes. And I raised more money this time than I was expecting, so that feel good.”
Together our team raised an incredible £4377.16 to help us continue our work. If you would like to join our Parallel London team next year on September 2, 2018, then we’d love to hear from you. Please email Alex or call her on 020 8875 6774.