What is Wheelchair Racing?
Wheelchair racing is the racing of wheelchairs on the track and in road races. Wheelchair racing is open to athletes with any qualifying type of disability; amputees, spinal cord disabilities, cerebral palsy and partially sighted (when combined with another disability).
Athletes are classified in accordance with the nature and severity of their disability or combinations of disabilities. Like running, it can take place on a track or as a road race. Competitors compete in racing wheelchairs which allow the athletes to reach speeds of 18 mph or more.
At Paralympic level there are wheelchair racing track events in: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 10000m and relay races 4x100m and 4x400m. There is also the marathon.
Where to take part?
There are few disability specific athletics clubs in the UK, however, joining your local athletics club is a great start. For more information on how to get involved in Wheelchair Racing please get in contact with the British Wheelchair Racing Association.
The British Wheelchair Racing Association (BWRA) is the governing body for wheelchair racing in Great Britain actively promoting participation, equality and governance for disabled people in this exiting sport on road and on track.
They organise the annual National Wheelchair Racing Track Championships where national and international athletes of all ages and classifications compete at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium, as well as regular try out events, training weekends and camps.