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World Record Holder and marathon runner, Richard Whitehead at kids scootathlon
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Posted on: Friday 17th July 2009


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100 excited youngsters aged between 4 and 8 years, had their first taste of multisport action on Sunday 12th July in the Human Race Scootathlon at Dorney Lake, Eton. 

Comprising a 400m scoot, 400m bike and then a 250m run, the races encourage participation and fun in a supportive environment. With mums and dads cheering them on, the lucky kids were also treated to Olympic swimming champion Maarten Van Der Weijden and World Record holder Richard Whitehead, to start and lead their races.

Kids Scootathlon

Double leg amputee and marathon runner Richard, was there to meet and support 7 year old Conor Ballard, who also has a prosthetic limb and was taking part in the scootathlon.  Richard, a Sports Inclusion Officer and swimming coach from Nottingham,  holds the world record for the marathon for a double leg amputee, with a time of 2:56 and has a half marathon pb of 1:19, he has also completed the Comrades 56 mile ultra in South Africa.

Conor had the experience of a lifetime as Richard not only started his race, but ran the final lap with him, crossing the line together arms aloft. ‘Conor hasn’t stopped talking about it ever since’ said his mum Heather, ‘He loved meeting Richard and hopes that one day he can compete at the same level. Richard is such an inspiration and proof that athletes with disabilities can still compete at a high level’.

‘It’s really important for children like Conor to be involved in sport’ said Richard ‘sport opens so many doors in life and provides opportunities you never thought would be possible. I hope that I can show Conor today that it is possible to compete on the same level playing field as able-bodied athletes’.
John Lunt was delighted with the success of the morning ‘Our scootathlon events are becoming more and more popular’ he said ‘It’s a fantastic way to introduce really young kids to multi-sport and get them active and involved in a fun event. The children often see their parents taking part in triathlon and want a bit of the action too’.

See www.humanrace.co.uk for more Scootathlons in 2010


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