World Records for RaceRunners at CP Sport event

At the Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics Series in York on Saturday 15th June World Records were achieved by Rafeek Solaiman, for the Senior RR3 Male 200m and Thomas Talbot, for the Under 16 Male RR2 1500m.

Rafi, 19 from City of Sheffield and Dearn AC coached by Phil Fleetwood, broke the previous record of 38.15 seconds held by Gavin Drysdale, setting of new time of 35.99 seconds. Thomas, 15, from Lincoln Wellington AC coached by Lee Troop, established a new World Record of 7.15.35 minutes , the first RR2 U16 to set this record .

Rafi Solaiman
Thomas Talbot

It was the third event in the Cerebral Palsy Sports Athletics Series this season and a full programme with many races on the track, both in Ambulant and RaceRunning events. The field programme saw the largest range of events this season. There was tremendous support from family and friends for all the competitors and provided a great atmosphere for the event.

RaceRunning is a fast growing sport, and is being included at the highest levels of competition globally and is now part of the Paralympic pathway. Cerebral Palsy Sport provide opportunities in the sport from grassroots to competitive level.

Both Rafi and Thomas represented Team CP England at the CPISRA World Games in Barcelona in 2018 and regularly compete in Cerebral Palsy Sport athletics events and the British Athletics Parallel Success events.

After establishing the World Record Thomas said;

“I’m really pleased to have created a new World Record for the Under 16 Male RR2 RaceRunning 1500m event.  RaceRunning has given me so much and it was a hard race but I’m so happy. I have not done this alone so a big thank you to my all family, my club Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club, my coach Lee Troop, to CP Sport for providing such great events and to the many supporters who have helped me so much since I took up RaceRunning. Congratulations also to Rafi who also broke the Senior RR3 Male 200m world record. What a day for our RaceRunners! ”

Rafi added;

“Racerunning has filled in the empty space in my life. It has made me new friends and got me to places and milestones that were once unthinkable”

The last event of the Athletics series this season is in Derby at Moorways Stadium on Saturday 10th August and we will be finishing off the season with our National Championships in Doncaster on Saturday 21 September. Spectators are welcome.

Find out more about the Cerebral Palsy Sport athletics programme here or contact Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Athletics officer: Adi.fawcett@cpsport.org

Cerebral Palsy Sport announce Athletics Series dates for 2019

Cerebral Palsy Sport are pleased to announce the Athletics Series dates for 2019. Events include a variety of track and field disciplines including RaceRunning, with age appropriate throwing equipment and weights being used in the field events.

We encourage new and beginner athletes to take part as well as regular competitors in these prestigious events on the disability sport calendar.

Three new venues have been booked for 2019 – St Albans, Winchester and Derby.

Photo finish has been confirmed at 4 events so far.

Capture athletics series 2019

Series Events 2019

St Albans

Date: Saturday 13th April 2019

Venue: Abbey View Golf and Track Facility, St Albans, AL1 2DL

Closing Date: Friday 22nd March 2019

Winchester

Date: Saturday 11th May 2019

Venue: The Winchester Sports Stadium, Milland Road, Winchester,SO23 0QA

Closing Date: Friday 19th April 2019

York

Date: Saturday 15th June 2019

Venue: University of York, James Way, Heslington, York YO10 5NA

Closing Date: Friday 24th May 2019

Derby

Date: Saturday 10th August 2019

Venue: Moorways Stadium, Moor Lane, Allenton Derby, DE24 9HY

Closing Date: Friday 19th July 2019

Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletic Nationals Doncaster 

Date: Saturday 21st September 2019

Venue: Doncaster 98 Stadium Way, Doncaster DN4 5JB

Closing Date: Friday 23rd August 2019

Athletes must be aged 8 or above to enter the Athletic Series events * (excluding Nationals). For Nationals in September Athletes must be 11yrs and above by 31st December 2019.

*Athletes aged 8-11 yrs. can only enter the following events during the series:
Track – 60m, 100m and 200m – ambulant, wheelchair and RaceRunning
Field – howler and golf ball throws.

For full details and the registration form click here

Capture TT

RaceRunning Start Session Cambridge

A RaceRunning start session was held in Cambridge on Wednesday 10th October. The session was organised between CP Sport, Living Sport and Cambridge and Coleridge Athletics Club. A total of 10 participants attended the session, with people from the local area and also some people who traveled up from Essex.

GroupExperienced coach Phil Fleetwood was on hand to support the Athletics Development Officer with getting people set up and going on the RaceRunners. For the majority of those who took part, this was their first experience of RaceRunning and they really enjoyed taking part.

 

 

 

Feedback from the session has been really positive

“ It was fun to try something new and the coaches were really friendly and encouraging”

“Good first session”

“Thank you so much I never experienced running before and it was special to be able to do it for the first time ever”

The Athletics Club are interested in working with Cerebral Palsy Sport to develop local opportunities moving forward and it was good having some of their coaches present to see RaceRunning and encouraging that they are keen to support us.

RRCambs 2 RRCambs RRCambs 1

Athletics and Swimming Training Day

This year’s training day was held at Harvey Hadden Sports Village on World CP Day. To mark the occasion, participants, staff and volunteers were asked to wear something green.

The day was successful with 15 athletes and their parents/carers enjoying the day. We had a seminar at the start by a sports psychologist from Sheffield Hallam University and More Rehab. A really big thank you to Zeynep Atha who delivered a really inspiring talk about positivity and a healthy mind-set during training and competitions. If anyone would like more details of Zeynep’s work and/or sport psychology, please contact CP Sport.

CPT-061018-C2-368

CP Sport would like to offer our gratitude and appreciation to the volunteers that tirelessly give up their time at our events to make these days happen. Without their support, it simply wouldn’t be possible.

Finally, thank you to the athletes and swimmers that came along to the day and make the events a joy to deliver.

Athletics

9 Athletes attended the training session which included a mix of RaceRunners, sprinters and also a throws athlete. Athletes had access to the indoor track for the training session as well as being able to use gym equipment for strength and conditioning work.CPT-061018-C1-049

Our Sporting Ambassador Graeme Ballard, was on hand to offer advice and support to the athletes during the session which everyone found very motivational. Thank you for coming to take part in the training day and it was good to see everyone.

Feedback:

“Always enjoy Cerebral palsy sport Events”

“Great to get some of the 2018 Team England Atheltes back together”

“Nice to see everyone”

“Graeme was really helpful and friendly”

Swimming

We had 6 swimmers that came along to the training session in the pool. The session was delivered by Matt Walker MBE, Jill Stidever and Richard Heselton who are 3 very experienced teachers/coaches who have worked with children and adults with CP and physical disabilities for a long time. Thank you all for coming down to the training day and coaching such a brilliant session.

CPT-061018-C1-162Feedback:

“It was good to be with friends.”

“It was a great day to reconnect with friends.”

“Well organised, brilliant staff and friendly volunteers, Well done!!”

To take a look at all the photos taken at the training day, AGM and awards evening, please click here

Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletics Championships 2018

The Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletic Championships took place on Saturday 1st September 2018. This year’s WPA sanctioned Nationals was held at Doncaster Athletics track having moved from Nottingham in previous years.

IMG_7997Cerebral Palsy Sport welcomed a range of Athletes to Doncaster from guest Athletes competing in their first Nationals, to Team England Members and Paralympians, which created a real excitement at the event.

The event consisted of a full programme of Track and Field events including Ambulant and RaceRunning on the track and Ambulant and Seated field events.  A total of 43 Athletes registered for the event.

The first of the medals ceremonies took place during the lunch break. Medals were presented by Sporting Ambassador Steve Judge, who kindly agreed to come along and present medals and talk with athletes and their families. Series Award winners we also presented by Steve Judge.

Senior Athletics Series 2018 Winners                 

  • Male Track: Matthew Humphreys
  • Female Track: Beth Moulam
  • Male Field: Tyrone Williams
  • Female Field: Leanna Horne

Under 20’s Athletics Series 2018 Winners

  • Male Track: Thomas Talbot
  • Female Track: Natasha Settlelen
  • Male Field: Thomas Conroy

CP Sport Athletics Guest Series winner 2018

  • Field: Abigail Birch

IMG_8035Following the afternoon events Cerebral Palsy Sport Board member, Safia Iman presented the afternoon medals. Over the course of the day a total of 65 medals were presented to the athletes (G 47, S 16, B 2)

A big thank must go to all the officials and volunteers supporting the event and also to Doncaster Athletics Club who welcomed us their facility and were fantastic at ensuring we had everything we needed set up for when we arrived.

See the full results here

Click here to see all the pictures from the event. Photos courtesy of Nick Stevens

British RaceRunning success at the WPA European Athletics Championships

RaceRunning has made its competitive debut at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin this month and Great Britain and Northern Ireland have new European RaceRunning Champions for both men and women.

Women’s 100m RR2/3

After both setting world records in their classes in the morning’s heats, it was expected to be a competitive final and it certainly lived up to the billing. Hannah Dines (Red Star) was pushed all the way to the line by teammate Kayleigh Haggo (Red Star, Janice Eaglesham) and stopped the clock in 19.00 (-0.7) – 0.13 seconds outside the world record she had set in the heats,  to beat her teammate and both secured their place on the podium.

Newly crowned European champion, Hanah said the competition from her teammate only makes the pair stronger: “Having the opportunity to compete on the world stage is incredibly important and I am delighted to be given the opportunity and win gold.

“I think I am going to have to train pretty hard to stop Kayleigh grabbing that off me,” Hannah added.

Silver medallist Kayleigh, who set a time of 19.46 said: I can’t put into words how much I enjoyed it. I went out there to have fun and I certainly did that. Hannah and I train together so it’s really good having each other to push one another. When I am racing her, I just love it and I love trying to catch her and trying to keep up.”

Europeans Berlin


 

Men’s RR2/RR3 100m Final

The next race on the track also saw a British one-two as Gavin Drysdale (Red Star, Janice Eaglesham) raced to victory in the men’s RR3/2 1oom Final with Rafi Solaiman (Sheffield & Dearne) taking the silver medal and Lassi Kromann from Denmark (RR2) placing third. Gavin and Rafi’s times were 17.37 (-1.0) and 19.33 respectively.

Gavin Drysdale from Scotland, had an impressive start which set the tone for the rest of the contest. He surged to the gold medal with his teammate Rafi battling hard to secure his first international medal for the GB & NI team.

Gavin said: “I felt like I had already won a gold medal just by being here so to win a real one is absolutely incredible. It means the absolute world to me to be competing here in Berlin, I still can’t believe we are actually here, I am usually cheering everyone from my TV screen at home and now I am on the other side having just competed.

“Race running is one of the very few sports I can do independently so to be given this opportunity to come and compete at a European Championships and something which I can participate in independently and, more importantly, something I love has just been totally surreal.”

Rafi who is bringing home his first WPA Silver medal added: “It feels great to be a silver medallist – I can’t believe it. I came here to medal, and I have done it. It was absolutely exhilarating. From the minute the gun went off, I was in the zone and it was good.”

Europeans Berlin 2

For more information on RaceRunning, please click here

Team CP England Success at the 2018 CPISRA World Games, Spain.

Team CP England are back from the CPISRA 2018 World Games in Sant Cugat, Spain having topped the medal table with 110 medals.  25 countries came together in Sant Cugat to compete in a variety of sports. Team CP England, made up of 26 swimmers and 37 athletes (including RaceRunners) won a total of 44 golds, 36 silvers and 30 bronze medals, more than doubling their closest rivals Poland who finished with 51 medals.

The event was not only a huge success for the athletes in terms of the medals won, there was lifetime best, season bests, and personal bests for all most all of the team. The Games also gave a large number of the team the opportunity to experience international competition for the first time. Overall it was a fantastic experience as Team CP England showed the rest of the World not only how good they were on the track, field or in the pool, but as a team of fantastic individuals.

Lisa Morton-Smith, Chef De Mission for Team CP England said: “The Games were a fantastic opportunity for all Team CP England athletes. Not only did most experience international competition for the first time, they made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Topping the medal table was an extra credit to how hard each athlete had work prior to and during the games. I am incredibly proud of each and every one of the team”.

After returning from the Games, one parent of an athlete said:“I just wanted to thank you again for an amazing experience. From arriving knowing no one, to coming together as a team and to leaving as friends it was incredible”.

One of our Team CP England athlete said: “ Huge thank you to everyone who made the games possible and such an amazing experience. I very much enjoyed my first World Games and debut representing England”.

Cerebral Palsy Sport would like to share a special thanks to the volunteers who supported Team CP England throughout the games, without them it would not of been possible.

 

All Medals   38751354_1857047791042740_3337877578328309760_n

Cerebral Palsy Sport join with the Activity Alliance for the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Competition.

The competition took place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of July 2018 at Coventry Athletics Track.

More than 200 junior disabled athletes from across the UK competed, included 16 Cerebral Palsy Sport Athlete members. RaceRunning featured for the first time in the program and drew a lot of interest from the spectators, many of whom had not seen or heard of RaceRunning but were thoroughly impressed. The athletes took part in a full track and field programme across the whole weekend, and in challenging heat, and all performed exceptionally well.

It was great to see a large support for the athletes from family members and the volunteers assisting at the event which helped to create a real buzz.

For the full results click here 

We will soon be adding photos from the event. Once available they will be available on our facebook page

CP Athletes selected for World Para Athletics European Championships

The athletes selected for the World Para Athletics European Championships to be held in Berlin from 20-26 August 2018 have today been announced by British Athletics. Of the 52 athlete team, 23 are athletes with cerebral palsy including two of our Sporting Ambassadors – Graeme Ballard and Stephen Miller. Also included for the first time are four RaceRunners. We would like to congratulate everybody who made the team and wish them the best of luck in Berlin.

The full list of CP athletes that have been selected are:

  • Graeme Ballard
  • Olivia Breen
  • Hannah Cockcroft
  • Hannah Dines
  • Gavin Drysdale
  • Kayleigh Haggo
  • Sophie Hahn
  • Jordan Howe
  • Harri Jenkins
  • Rhys Jones
  • Kyle Keyworth
  • Maria Lyle
  • Stephen Miller
  • Javaughan Parkes
  • Ross Paterson
  • Ben Rowlings
  • Ali Smith
  • Rafi Solaiman
  • Isaac Towers
  • Vanessa Wallace
  • Eve Walsh Dann
  • Shaun White
  • Thomas Young

For more information and to find out the full team selected click here

 

Rules update from World Para Athletics

World Para Athletics LogoWorld Para Athletics have updated rules relating to WPA events. The updated rules are in relation to Rule 7: Assistance to Athletes, Rule 14: Wheelchair and RaceRunning Frame Requirements and Rule 14: General Conditions

We advise any athlete taking part in WPA sanctioned events to familiarise yourself with the updated rules.

Click here to see updates