Local Charity SoLO to take part in “PARALLEL LONDON” world’s first large-scale disability led event

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Launch Photo – Janet Down (SoLO) with Nick Ashley – Cooper (12th Earl of Shaftesbury), Sophie Morgan (One Show Presenter), Andrew Douglas (Founder of Parallel London)

On Sunday, 4 September 2016, London will play host to Parallel London, a fully inclusive large-scale mass participation run, built to disable barriers and enable independence. SoLO Life Opportunities, a local charity working with people with learning disabilities in the West Midlands are one of the first to secure places for their members to take part.

Staged in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, this will be a national event looking to attract 10,000 participants and 10,000 spectators in Year 1. Parallel London is a new disability-led event that has been specifically designed for anyone to participate, regardless of age, disability, impairment or health condition. The run will be split into a number of set distances (from 100m to 10km) to cater for every age and ability. The ethos is all about ‘shared experience’, with everyone participating in the run altogether at the same time. Parallel London is not just about racing against the clock, but about celebrating the spirit of togetherness and everyone crossing the finishing line.

Janet Down, Chief Executive Officer, stated “since taking some members to the London Marathon to support our runner, we have been looking for opportunities for our members to get involved in something on a similar scale. Parallel offers just this and we are really excited to be in at the beginning”.

If you have a disability and would like to take part in this run, or if you would like to sponsor one of the runners, please contact Janet Down on janet@solihullsolo.org.


For information about the national event call James Lee

Charity Manager, Innovision T: 0207 0343 266 M: 07960 488 280


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