Event tai­lored to suit run­ners with dis­abil­i­ties

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VOL­UN­TEERS who or­gan­ise Tor­bay’s weekly Parkrun have gone the ex­tra mile to make the event ac­ces­si­ble for deaf and vis­ually im­paired run­ners.

And they have added a walk for those who pre­fer to tackle the Velopark event that way.

The 100th Paign­ton Parkrun is com­ing up on Sat­ur­day , and run­ners and walk­ers will be cel­e­brat­ing the suc­cess of the event.

Jo Can­ham of the Tor­bay Velopark Parkrun said: “The parkrun ethos is that we are to­tally in­clu­sive and any­one can come along and take part, so I was very in­ter­ested to see what we could do to make our event wel­com­ing and to break down bar­ri­ers.

“My core team and I started to work to­gether to im­ple­ment some changes to en­sure that ev­ery­one re­ally is wel­come.”

On Sat­ur­day the vol­un­teers will have a vis­ual ‘Start’ for the run us­ing Bri­tish Sign Lan­guage, and the pre-event brief­ings will be avail­able vis­ually.

Jo added: “We are now con­fi­dently sup­port­ing three vis­ually im­paired run­ners and walk­ers.

“We have also or­gan­ised a walk­ing event within the parkrun.

“I am proud to be the Event Direc­tor but there wouldn’t be a parkrun with­out our amaz­ing vol­un­teers.”

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