Hands Free sponsor ‘ The fastest wheelchair race on the planet’

Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson DBE was this year’s official race starter of the Disability Confident Tunnel 2k International wheelchair race on 11th September, which was attended by many other high ranking officials.   Speaking at the ceremony afterwards, she described it as a “crazy mad race that was good for wheelchair racing and good for the north-east”.  To enable the race to take place involved meticulous organisation, including closing the northbound Tyne Tunnel to traffic, transforming the 24 foot wide road deck into a temporary 2 km race track.Tunnel 2k 10
As Bronze Sponsors of the event, Managing Director Lawrence Howard (left) together with Sales and Marketing Team Leader Jamie English (right) also attended to lend a hand.  Lawrence commented “It’s great to be involved with such a high profile activity that gives the Disability Confident campaign an international presence in so many positive ways”.


Below: David Weir.  To find out more about the race, please click here

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Britain’s unstoppable racer David ‘the’ Weir ‘wolf’ tore up an elite field of British, American, Canadian, Spanish and Dutch athletes to retain his title as the winner of “the fastest wheelchair race on the planet!”  Weir powered home with a time of 4 minutes and 7.2 seconds, a full 29.4 seconds ahead of past tunnel race winner, Canadian Paralympian Josh Cassidy.

The women’s race was taken by Margriet van den Broek, from the Netherlands.  She had a remarkable sprint start, getting into the portal first and accelerating away from the rest of the field on the decent. She then made an impressive climb finishing 22.3 seconds ahead of America’s Amanda McGrory who in turn was only 0.3 seconds ahead of Scotland’s Sammi Kinghorn.

Tunnel 2k 12Also lending a hand at the race were Nuance’s Liz Halifax-Smith, UK, Ireland and Middle East Regional Sales Manager (far right) & Alastair Robbie, Nuance’s Marketing Manager (far left).