Pictured – Tim Horwood, Philip Nightingale, David Gasper, Tony Blakeney and Charlotte Burns.
They may not be the fastest runners in the world but that wasn’t going to stop Tim Horwood, David Gasper and Tony Blakeney from Church Lane taking part in the first ever Parallel London run. Thousands gathered at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London to take part in the first fully accessible and all-inclusive mass participation push/run event.
Parallel London is a fully accessible fun run and free family festival. Scheduled to become an annual event, the run is open to people of all ages and abilities, with no cut off times and with everybody running side by side.
Thousands of people participated in one or more of the five Parallel London challenges; 100m, 1km, 5km, 10km and Super Sensory 1km, supported by over 500 carers.
Knowing that David struggled walking long distances, staff were worried he might find the event too difficult. However, with encouragement and support, David walked the full 1km distance, the furthest he’d ever walked and he got the medal to prove it.
It is clear David has made a connection between the effort he put into the event and the reward he got out of it. He is always showing off his Parallel London medal and is rightly proud of his achievement.
Philip Nightingale, Locality Manager commenting on the run said: “With the Paralympics in Brazil raising awareness of the sporting achievements of people with physical disabilities, having a public event that caters for people with complex needs and not just physical disabilities is an amazing opportunity at just the right time.”