The Superhero Tri - a sports series dedicated to the UK’s 12.9 million people with disabilities and long-term injuries - has launched its second annual event, npower Winter Wonderwheels, taking place in December.
Following its debut event in August, where more than 20 celebrity team captains took part, celebrities are again inviting people from across the nation to enter a competition to win a place on their team.
The first 10 celebrity team captains to be announced range from TV personalities, such as Adam Hills and JJ Chalmers, to Paralympic champions, including Sophie Christiansen and Susie Rodgers. All 10 were team captains at Superhero Tri, which was televised by Channel 4 and saw 1,700 participants take on unique triathlon challenges.
This time, the captains are looking for four teammates to join them for the ‘Celebrity Wonderwheels Relay’ where each team member will take on a 1km stage of a scenic 5km relay around the iconic stretch of water at the Paralympic venue Dorney Lake. Participants can cycle, run, walk, scoot, push or be pushed – or anything in between.
Superhero Series ambassador Sophie Christiansen said: “I love this series because even though I’m an elite athlete I also want to do sport for fun,” explains Sophie. “I don’t know of any other mass-participation event where I can use my trike alongside my able-bodied friends. As well as the taking part in the celebrity relay I’ll be wearing my golden cape for ‘Twice Round the Lake 10k’ with my boyfriend Peter.”
Alongside the celebrity challenge, there are three solo and team lakeside distances to choose from. There’ll be no cut-off times and all types of gadgets will be welcome on the course, from day chairs, handcycles, walking frames and trikes to tandems, race runners, blades and bikes.