Wheelchair entry ban: finding a solution

⚠️Background: I entered a local running event a few weeks ago and was told after entering that I had been withdrawn because wheelchairs were banned.

❣️Instead of losing my cool, I went about seeking a solution to make the event more inclusive for everyone.

Here’s the update so far.

[cameras: GoPro 10 on a chest mount / iPhone 12 Pro]

Author: Melanie

I am a massage therapist and part time athlete, blogging life thru a disability lens. On wheels, with flipper and occasionally on feet.

2 thoughts on “Wheelchair entry ban: finding a solution”

  1. I had exactly the same issue when I entered the Edinburgh marathon in 2013. The organisers tried to tell me that wheelchairs were banned from the course for health and safety reasons.
    After quoting non-existent UK Athletics rules to me and trying to tell me that wheeled devices were banned from taking part (when in fact wheelchairs were the ONLY devices not excluded from taking part)they eventually backed down. I wrote about it at https://journeysinwordsandonwheels.blog/2012/12/22/the-challenge-is-to-be-accepted-for-the-challenge/

    1. It’s all a bit unnecessarily challenging for sure. I’m not done yet.. now I’m going after the particular council dept that seems to think the track isn’t suitable! Anyway, I read your blog.. great result for you well done!

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