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Speed of Light - Support Runners for Wheelchair Athletes
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Speed of Light is working closely with our partners to ensure that the event is as accessible and safe for as many people as possible to take part.
We are very excited that we will have wheelchair athletes as part of Speed of Light who will be wearing light suits and will be taking part in specially designed off-road wheelchairs (courtesy of Capability Scotland) which will also be all lit up! In order to negotiate the tricky terrain each wheelchair athlete will need two support runners (dressed in black) to be part of their team for both a training day and on their performance night.
Support runners will need to physically fit, have good upper body and back strength and preferably be an experienced hill runner (due to the terrain and need to be nimble on your feet).
We have held practice sessions with the off-road wheelchair, and the support runners at those events reported that as someone else was controlling the direction in which they were running it was even more important to be used to running on uneven ground. They also reported that running whilst pushing the wheelchair used different muscles (particularly in the back) which would need practice and strengthening. Please bear this in mind when considering whether to sign up.
Team work is so important for this event and so it is crucial that you are able to practice with your wheelchair athlete.
If you are interested in becoming a support runner fo one (or more) of our wheelchair athletes you will need to be available for at least one of the Capability Scotland training evenings in addition to the event date(s), which you will be able to specify in the next page of the online registration process:
Monday 2nd July
Thursday 5th July
Monday 9th July
Thursday 12th July
Monday 16th July
Thursday 19th July
*Please note all sessions will take place in Holyrood Park, 6pm till 8.30pm*
Support runners for our wheelchair athletes will need to be available for one (or more!) of the following event/performance dates which you will be able to specify in the next page of the online registration process:
Thursday 9th August
Friday 10th August
Saturday 11th August
Friday 17th August
Saturday 18th August
Wednesday 22nd August
We will group two support runners with each wheelchair athlete and will be in touch in the coming weeks with details of which group you have been allocated to and your time slots.
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