RaceRunning (or assisted running) allows people who are not able to run functionally and may have limited or no ability to walk independently, to engage in an activity where they can propel themselves using a running bike which is a tricycle with a saddle, handle bars and a chest plate for support but no pedals. In para-sports athletes compete in different classes based on their level of impairment to allow for fair competition.  Since 2015 para-sports require a classification system which is based on scientific evidence.  Research by QMU staff in collaboration with CPISRA (Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association) and the University of Edinburgh provided evidence for RaceRunning classification resulting in RaceRunning being accepted as a World Para Athletics event.  RaceRunning is now included in European and World Para Athletics championships with the ultimate aim to feature at the Paralympic games.

Current QMU research is also focused on the impact of taking part in RaceRunning on health and wellbeing with researchers from the University of Gloucestershire, University of Edinburgh and Brunel University, and local groups and schools. 

"The inclusion of RaceRunning events for athletes with severe co-ordination impairments in the competition from 2018... is part of IPC and World Para Athletics commitment to developing para-athletic opportunities for athletes with high support needs. It enhances diversity and inclusion in line with the objectives of the Paralympic movement."
Ryan Montgomery, Summer Sports Director, International Paralympic Committee (IPC)

 

 

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