Legacy of Olympics rolls on

MBTC-08-10-15  Olympic legacy
MBTC-08-10-15 Olympic legacy

An idea which started with people who helped to host Paralympians at the University of Bedfordshire’s campus in 2012 is still rolling on.

The Rotary Wheelchair Challenge is being held for the fourth time at Bedford International Athletic Stadium on Sunday, October 11.

They are seeking up to 30 teams of four to compete in a wheelchair relay race which demonstrates the legacy of the London Olympics. Teams can be all ages, able-bodied or disabled, or a combination of talents. Wheelchairs are provided.

Teams should seek sponsorship and local companies are also asked to brand a race or trophy by giving £50 or more to the cause which supports various charities.


“The 2012 Games did so much to raise the awareness of disabled sport we wanted to make sure that the legacy lived on, so we staged the wheelchair race in the October of 2012,” explained Mary Whitehead, who with husband David and friends led by Howard Darbon, President of Sport Bedford, helped to host paralympians at the pre Games camp at Polhill Road sports campus of the University of Bedfordshire.

Mary added: “We would love to see more schools taking part or young people from organisations for teenagers. It’s a fun event.”

The first three events raised a total of more than £14,000 for WheelPower, Whizz-Kidz, Sport Bedford, and Herts Sport & Wellbeing Foundation.