Wheelchair race latest addition to Gosport Golden Mile day

MARKS, SET, GO! From left, owner of Bayside Cabin Cafe Adrian Chalk, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, owner of Absolute Running Nick Carter and schools liaison officer Tony Bennett at the launch of the Gosport Golden Mile                          (150771-6204)
MARKS, SET, GO! From left, owner of Bayside Cabin Cafe Adrian Chalk, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, owner of Absolute Running Nick Carter and schools liaison officer Tony Bennett at the launch of the Gosport Golden Mile (150771-6204)

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  • Gosport Golden Mile is adding a wheelchair race for this year’s event
  • Amateur and professional athletes are invited to take part on May 31
  • Stokes Bay will host the four races including a one-mile race, a 5k race and a Junior Golden Mile
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PEOPLE of all ages and abilities can take part in this year’s Gosport Golden Mile.

The organisers of the race along the seafront have now added a wheelchair event.

It’s something we can do as a community and we set it up to give Gosport something of its own.

Nick Carter

It is one of four competitions along Stokes Bay on May 31, joining the mile race, a 5k run and the Junior Golden Mile.

The wheelchair race will be one of the first of its kind on the south coast and is supported by the David Weir Academy, which will be at the race to help promote wheelchair athletes and show support.

Nick Carter, the founder and director of the Gosport Golden Mile, said: ‘All ages and abilities are welcome to join in the race.

‘The Gosport Golden Mile inspires youngsters to race and get involved.

‘It’s something we can do as a community and we set it up to give Gosport something of its own.’

He added that the day is largely focused on keeping the community fit and is very popular with all ages.

The mile and 5k races are timed with prizes for the men and women who complete it in the quickest times.

Nick said: ‘The quickest time someone has run the mile is 4mins 16secs, so anyone who wants to try and beat it is welcome.’

Prizes up for grabs include a cash award of £1,000 for the first three men and women to complete the Golden Mile.

The mile race and 5k race will have a course along the promenade with the wheelchair race taking place on closed roads.

Only manual wheelchairs can take part in the race and it is open to professional and amateur athletes.

For more information or to register for the races visit gosportgoldenmile.uk/home.

Paralympic champion David Weir and his coach Jenny Archer launched the academy in 2013 with the aim to increase participation in disability sport.