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Marafun event is a great success
4:50pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
REDDITCH and Bromsgrove youngsters with disabilities had a fantastic time during a ‘Marafun’ event at the Abbey Stadium.
The children had a target of getting round the track and completing 26.2 miles between them, but achieved 36 miles.
Many also used the day as an opportunity to try out a sport they had never taken part in before.
They ran, walked, pedalled, scooted, used racing wheelchairs or manual chairs to complete the distance, cheered on by family and friends. Dave's Roadshow created a party atmosphere with music and motivation over a PA system which kept the kids coming back for more.
A spokesman said: “The participants had the opportunity to try wheelchair racing, wheelchair basketball and multisports and get advice and inspiration from Job King from British Athletics and Adam Crowle from Albion wheelchair football.
“WhizzKids was represented by Nathan Giles who did a great job promoting their services. Katherine Parchment and Emma from Glittertastic provided facepainting and glitter tattoos which added to the fun and a lap completed by Snuggles the Cuddly Monkey from Creepy Discos. Despite the blazing sunshine he managed to complete his distance.”
The event was closed by Mel Nicholls, who competed in London 2012 Paralympics and is world record holder for the 1,500 metres. She shared her experiences, signed autographs and had photographs taken.”
The spokesman added: “The community paediatric physiotherapy team and Redditch Council’s sports development team would like to thank Community Games for supporting the event, the volunteers and businesses named above, plus B&Q for paints, TruLife for balloons, Blatchford's for the certificates, Krav Systems for the weights/ transport, the Scouts for the awnings and the Abbey Stadium for the venue. Not to mention the numerous cake makers and volunteers that gave up their time.”
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