Why a Wheelchair Adventure Race?
Adventure races have become extremely popular over the past 10 years, yet, no-one has held an accessible race. We have found the perfect location for off road wheelchair users to compete with one another. There are far fewer opportunities for disabled people to be active and socialise in the UK. The race provides people with something to train for, improving both their health and wellbeing as well as a space to socialise with other chairs users and their friends and families.
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Who are we?
We are a group of enthusiastic and ambitious individuals who believe there is a need for a wheelchair adventure race in the UK. We are made up of Gordon McGregor from Paradventures and gm4x adaptive, who develop off road wheelchairs. Gemma Hendry, Director of Able2Adventure CIC a disability adventure activity provider in the Cairngorms. Laura May, a full time wheelchair user and accessible adventure activity consultant and Lynsey Humes our adventure race specialist.
We all believe that there should be more opportunities for wheelchair users to experience positive challenge and adventure. You can see the work of our organisations at...
Why Glenmore Forest?
The Cairngorms and Glenmore Forest are full of accessible forest trails. The race utilises just one area with many more additional trails for wheelchair users to explore. However it is not just the trails but the scenery itself. The route takes participants around Loch Morlich (the highest beach in Scotland) with incredible views of the Northern Corries.
Why do we need to raise money?
We want to ensure the race is truly accessible for wheelchair users and a positive experience for everyone involved. The costs we are looking to raise money for include: an accessible mobile toilet for wheelchair users, a catering van, route markers, race equipment such as timers/ start lines/ gazebos, medals, certificates and safety equipment.
This year is the first race of it's kind and we are aware that there will be areas for improvement, as such we will not be charging a fee to cover all of the costs of above. This will help to encourage people to book a place and create an open forum for feedback for future events.
What happens if we raise more money than our target?
If we are lucky enough to raise additional funds, this money will be put towards researching future races in different locations as well as different types of races such as a duathlon and/or triathlon.
Why should I support this event?
In donating to this cause you are helping to start something completely new and extraordinary. You are helping remove barriers and sending a positive message across the wider public of peoples' capabilities and the opportunities that are out there to experience adventure in the natural environment. It is the first of it's kind and you will know that you helped it to happen.