parkrun history was made on Saturday (17 June) at Eglinton, when James Trott became the the first person to take part in the event in a Joëlette, an all-terrain one-wheeled chair. The UK first kickstarted what was a hectic weekend for the team at JAPES (Joëlette & People Experiences).
JAPES helps those living with mobility challenges to experience the thrill, excitement and camaraderie of taking part in mass running events, and following their appearance at Eglinton, the team took on the Glasgow Men’s 10K, just 24 hours later.
James was no stranger to Eglinton parkrun, having volunteered as a marshal on a weekly basis. Thanks to JAPES he finally got his opportunity to make his way round Eglinton Country Park’s mixture of tarmac and trail paths – completing the 5k in 31.35.
“It was a fantastic morning and we managed a fair old pace, even with the few hills thrown in amongst the route,” said JAPES founder Nelson Liddle.
“James had a wonderful time and all of the team were greatly touched by the ‘thank you’ cards that he gave us at the end."
On 18 June, it was on to the Glasgow Men’s 10K, where pilot Allan Guy enjoyed the experience of taking part in THE run for men in Glasgow and the west.
“The opportunity to take part in the Glasgow 10K was really special,” Nelson added.
“I would like to take the time to thank our briliant team of runners who helped make our participation at Eglinton and Glasgow possible – both were occasions that will live long in the memory of both James and Allan as well as everyone associated with JAPES."