On a bright and fresh December morning, three families supported by Shooting Star Children’s Hospices donned their superhero outfits – (with some festive hats thrown in!) to take on the Winter Wonderwheels at Dorney Lake.
Winter Wonderwheels is a fully inclusive event for athletes of all ages and abilities, who can walk, run, push, cycle and use any gadgets or equipment they need, to complete the course.
The three families, who are supported at Christopher’s, our Guildford hospice and Shooting Star House, our Hampton hospice, chose to do the 5km distance – which was once around the lake. The event is part of the Superhero Series, the UK’s one and only disability sport series and asks participants to take on a fun challenge, which is fully inclusive and designed with assisted athletes in mind. Sunday’s event included a 1km and 5km lap around the lake, with no time limit and with as much or as little support as you need.
The super families, led by heroes Olivia, James and Sophie were joined by their incredible sidekicks who dressed in their finest superhero outfits and helped them around the course. With our Challenge Events team cheering on from the sidelines!
Karen Peffer, Challenge Events Fundraiser said, “The families braved the freezing weather to take part in their Superhero outfits, which were very appropriate! It was a real privilege to be there to give the families a cheer as they set off and then see them cross the finish line. It was great to see the families and children having such a good day and I’m so glad we’ve been able to get involved this year. Huge thank you to them for raising hundreds of pounds – they really are super!”
This event follows the Superhero Tri which took place at Dorney Lake in August. Supported family Team Meader took on the challenge and were quite simply ‘incredible!’ – You can read more about their challenge here.
If this has inspired you to feel as ‘super’ as the families then why not have a look at our Events Calendar to see all sorts of challenges you can take part in and support families like Olivia’s, James’ and Sophie’s.