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OMM launches new-style trail race

Both able-bodied and disabled can compete together

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Chris Nicholson, who has pushed his way to the top of Snowdon in his wheelchair, has joined event organisers OMM to setup the first ever able bodied and disabled inclusive trail race in the UK at Cannock Chase on the 6th May.

Alistaire MacGregor from OMM said: “it’s up to us to set the challenge, not decide whether a person can do it or not. We will welcome anyone who thinks they can complete the 10km trail course.”

Some 500 able bodied and disabled competitors will line up together, with representatives from Guinness World Records there to create a new Trail Race category for the Wheelchair Class within the race.

With support for the event also coming from Paralympians, Invictus athletes and military charities the hope is that the race will lead to new opportunities for disabled competitors in the future.

Chris Nicholson, added: “We wanted everyone to have the same challenge”. The race is unique, the route has not been altered in any way to make it easier for any particular competitor, this is to be a true test of everyone’s grit and determination.

Nicholson, who is also hoping to break the amateur wheelchair record in this year’s London Marathon while raising money for the Matt Hampson Foundation, said: “I need mud, rock and countryside. I looked around for a trail race I could take part in but all the event organisers I spoke to said they couldn’t cater for disabled athletes.”

The 10km inclusive trail race will be part of the OMM Running Festival on the muddy forest tracks at Cannock Chase on the 6th May.

Entries are open to anyone who would like to take part.

For more information go to www.theomm.com/omm-festival/

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