British athlete breaks RaceRunning World Record

RaceRunning is a fast growing discipline in the world of Athletics and more and more British athletes are striving to become world beaters.

At the British Wheelchair Grand Prix at Stoke Mandeville on 8th September 2019, RR2 athlete Thomas Talbot broke the male u16 100m World Record with a time of 23.17 seconds, beating his own previous record of 23.35. (Subject to CPISRA ratification)

Thomas is 15 years old, from Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club. He first took up RaceRunning in late 2014 after trying it at at Cerebral Palsy Sport taster day and has since gone from strength to strength, representing England in the CPISRA World Games in 2018, winning silver in the 800m. Thomas won the Cerebral Palsy Sport National Athletics Championships titles for Male RR2 in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m in September 2018 at Doncaster and is part of the British Athletics Paralympic Development Academy.

Thomas acknowledged the late Janice Eaglesham MBE after his race, who had supported Thomas’s RaceRunning development.

“Thank you to everyone @Quest_88 @AdamGibbonsSF; @LincW_AC @ActiveLincs@CP_Sport @BritAthletics Thank you so much to @AliTalbot @AndyTalbot14 & Mattie . I had promised a special lady that I would better my WR- this one is for Janice! “

People with cerebral palsy can take part in RaceRunning as a recreational activity and RaceRunning is a very effective way of improving overall fitness, strength and physical and emotional well-being.

Through Cerebral Palsy RaceRunning sessions, Cerebral Palsy Sport also aim to provide a pathway for children and young people with cerebral palsy to compete in regional, national and international events so that they can fulfil their individual goals and aspirations around being an athlete.

Cerebral Palsy Sport Young Sporting Ambassador Ellie Simpson was recently confirmed as the womens 200m RR3 World Record Holder, at the Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics Series event in Derby.

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