Beach set to host a wheel good event

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The UK’s first ever beach wheelchair race and obstacle course is set to take place on a Tynemouth beach.

The Longsands Beach Challenge will see both disabled and able-bodied participants using all-terrain wheelchairs to race through the sand tackling obstacles on the way.

There will also be live demonstrations by leading wheelchair manufacturers.

Stephen Smith, director of Dolphin Lifts and Mobility and partner Shape Adaptations, who organised the event, said he was inspired by his 17-year-old son James, who has duchenne muscular dystrophy and uses an all-terrain wheelchair full-time to get around and have fun.

Stephen said: “Like most teenagers, he is a bit of a thrill-seeker so we thought putting on an event like this for both disabled and able- young people to have fun would be a good idea.

“ It has never been done in the UK before on a beach and I for one can’t wait to take part.”

The event is free and will take place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, September 7. The races will be held on the hour and prizes will be given to the winners.

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