Wheelchair challenge returns to Bedford for fifth year

Mayor Dave Hodgson starts the 2015 race

Mayor Dave Hodgson starts the 2015 race

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With the Paralympians showing able-bodied athletes the way ahead at Rio this summer, the legacy of London 2012 is still rolling on in Bedfordshire.

Launched after the UK Olympics, the Rotary Wheelchair Challenge is being held for the fifth time at the Bedford Athletic Stadium in Barker’s Lane and companies and organisations are being asked to take part.

Rotary member Paul Hoare, said: “The race is in wheelchairs and mixes regular users and the able-bodied, who find out just how much upper body strength is needed to complete a circuit at speed.

“The event has raised vital money for charities related to disabled sports locally as well as increasing understanding among the community for those who use wheelchairs.”

In 2012 Howard Darbon, President of Sport Bedford, and friends helped to host Paralympians at the Polhill campus of the University of Bedfordshire.

They would like to see schools, sports groups, joggers and others who enjoy fitness to get together to take part. Any sponsorship would be gratefully received.

For more information visit: www.rotary-site.org/wheelchair-challenge