Frame Running frames

The Frame Runner was invented by Connie Hanson and Mansoor Siddiqi in Denmark in the 1980’s and the sport has received international recognition in the mid 1990’s. In January 2018 it became a World Para Athletics discipline. Frame Running was formerly known as RaceRunning and in 2021, the name officially changed to Frame Running.

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A Frame Runner is a three wheeled frame where the athlete is supported by a saddle and body plate. The athlete propels against the frame using their feet, and steers using the mobility within their hands and/or arms. People with cerebral palsy can take part in Frame Running as a recreational activity and Frame Running is a very effective way of improving overall fitness, strength and physical and emotional well-being.

The Frame Runner

  • Frame Running frames come in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL. If you have a group of athletes it is good to have a selection of different sizes so you can find one that suits each individual.
  • The tool kit to adjust and repair all bikes includes a bike pump. A puncher repair kit is always handy.
  • A normal bike helmet for each participant to wear is required. It is good to have some different sizes so you have one to fit everyone.
  • Different body plates: One that the athletes just rest on and another for the athletes needing more support which they are strapped into. These can be changed depending on the individual athlete.
  • Bike mitten’s which strap the athletes hands to the hand bars allowing athletes who cannot hold the hand bars the support they need to control the bike on their own.
  • Small cones to mark out areas but only use the soft cones that will give way if anyone rolls over them on their bike.

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A helpful guide to Frame Running can be seen here:

Specifications of a Frame Runner

  • The frame has 2 rear wheels and 1 front wheel Max length 200 cm. Max width 95 cm (outside the two rear wheels)
  • Front wheel size: Up to 25”, Rear wheels size: Up to 27” Saddle may have other shapes than the traditional type of racing saddle.
  • Body support plate may be individually shaped and provide stability. The body may be strapped to the plate with belt or orthopaedic Brace.
  • Steering handle should ensure that the athlete is able to race and manoeuvre safely, hands can be strapped to the handlebars
  • If the athlete is able to use a brake it should be fitted and no engine is allowed.
  • The Droplink system enables the seat and the seat post to be folded down to allow for easier transfer into the frame. this feature, together with the space between the rear wheels, makes it easier to access the frame from a wheelchair.