Team Treloar’s were out in force at the first ever Parallel London event on Sunday 4th September. The push/run challenge is the first event of its kind, open to all ages and all abilities. Held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Treloar’s students, supporters and staff ran, walked, pedaled or were pushed around the different courses covering 10km, 5km, 1km or 100m. A 1km super sensory course encouraged participants to exercise their senses with regular experiences around the course, from sounds and smells, to textures and colours.
This push/run event was made into a full day out with a family-friendly festival onsite, which featured food, music, dancing, technology and art. The focus was very much on inclusivity with lots of extra activities to join in with and areas to explore – definitely fun for all the family.
Jasper, a student at Treloar College, took part in the 5km race with brother Laurie. He joined in the warm up and started the race on foot, but moved back to his wheelchair when he needed to. After the race, they went on to explore the celebrations in the Parallel Festival, before venturing further afield to see the iconic velodrome and Orbit. Also taking part, Treloar supporter James completed the course on his trike with the rest of his family – they finished the 5km route as a team and said that they can’t wait for next year. In the same 5km group was Paralympic gold medalist Dan Bentley, also taking part on his trike. Whilst not quite the same as achieving a gold medal, Dan certainly felt he worked hard for his race medal, especially with how surprisingly hilly the park was!
The whole of Team Treloar’s had a wonderful day taking part and enjoying the fun of the festival! Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to all their family and friends who have supported them along the way. We’re already looking forward to Parallel 2017!
To support Jasper with his fundraising please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JasperMacCall