Introducing Running Frames and Frame Running
It’s the activity of Frame Running (formerly known as RaceRunning). It’s unique in what it lets some disabled people achieve and that is to RUN! In many cases this means people who cannot walk independently or even at all - moving at speed, with their own feet and by their own volition!
Sounds incredible! And it is - it’s really something to witness. You cannot imagine what this sport means to those who participate. People with conditions that have meant years of interrupted or ‘broken’ walking patterns who often have to negotiate unsympathetic environments - now experiencing the wind at their backs, new rhythms in movement, different stimuli and reactions in their bodies... speed!
Frame Running has physical health benefits for children and adults as well as developing a greater sense of wellbeing, encouraging new friendships and motivating children to engage more fully in physiotherapy.
"The equipment helps the user to distribute their weight in a way that allows freedom of movement for their legs and feet. The Running Frame also has very little rolling resistance and so users can achieve self propulsion with a minimum of floor contact. This is a great motivation for trying harder, stretching further for the reward of speed".
Whilst Frame Running is not all about Sport, it is a big part of the Frame Running world. Quest, alongside other organisations including CP Sport England & Wales, share a vision to see frame running reach its full potential as a disability sport for people of all ages who may have impaired mobility or balance. Quest is committed to the development of the sport and the freedom and fun it brings.
The following clubs/organisations are providing Frame Running opportunities in the UK:
NEW! Bath Frame Running Club - Call 07880 743453 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gloucester Dragons All Ability Athletics Club (Gloucester) - most Sunday's 11 - 1pm - Contact via email: email@example.com
*Fully supervised sessions with a full selection of RaceRunners, Racing wheelchairs and throwing equipment available.
Wheel For Wellbeing (Croydon, London) - Tues: 10 - 1pm / Fri: 11 - 1pm / Sat: 10 - 2.30pm - Contact: 020 7346 8482
*Please note: This is a recreational session, this hub has 2 running frames on site but can not provide coaching. Please ring ahead prior to check sizes of RaceRunner.
Allsorts Glos RaceRunning Club (Stroud - Gloucestershire) - only on selected Sunday's 10.30 - 12pm - Contact Max Pemberton on 07872 562777 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RaceRunning Club for East London - email@example.com or call 020 7993 9883 / Sunday 9:45am-11am Venue: Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre, 170 Chingford Road, London E17 5AA
York RaceRunning Club - Friday 7pm – 8pm (Mid February – Mid November). Saturday dates vary communicated via Facebook (@YorkRaceRunning)
Venue: University of York Athletics Track, Newton Way, York, YO10 5NA - Liz Moulam – Yorkracerunning@aol.co.uk or call 07742 886 883
For more RaceRunning Clubs in England courtesy of CP Sport (England) - visit www.cpsport.org - Alternatively, you can call 0115 925 7027 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scotland (list updated March 2021):
Contact: Ruth Watson, Community Development Office - email@example.com 07702702550
Friday 6-7pm Aberdeen Sports Villlage and Tue 5-6pm GSC
Contact - Margaret Drysdale - firstname.lastname@example.org 07531 061 307
Mondays, 6pm - 7pm, from mid March to beginning of October at Dam Park Stadium, Ayr.
East Lothian Meadowmill
Contact: Lynda Gilroy - email@example.com 07718698960
Wednesday & Friday, Meadowmill, Edinburgh
Forth Valley Flyers
Contact: Graham Harvey - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesdays 5.30pm - 7pm, Grangemouth
High Life Highland (Inverness)
Inspire Girvan & South Carrick
Contact: Kayleigh Haggo - Kayleigh.Haggo@south-ayrshire.gov.uk
Perth Strathtay Harriers
Contact: Jim Hunter - email@example.com
Tuesday, 6pm - 7pm, Perth
Pitreavie RaceRunning group
Contact: Pierette Melville - firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 4.45-5.30, Pitreavie, Dunfermline
Contact: Laura Gebbie - email@example.com
Lynsay Gebbie – firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday and Thursday night at Crownpoint, Glasgow
Contact: Donna Murray - email@example.com
Cardiff Dragons All Ability Athletics Club (Cardiff) - most Friday's 5 - 7pm - Contact Gabriela Todd on 07803 770962 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Track fee payable at reception currently £2.10
If you would like to find out more about what is involved in setting up a new RaceRunning club, please contact Rob Henshaw at email@example.com
We also offer come and try opportunities at CP Sport England / Wales events, supporting Frame Running Festivals, as well showcasing running frames at activity related events and exhibitions around the UK.
Please see our events section for all upcoming Frame Running day events and for more information about the sport, visit www.cpsport.org or www.rrscotland.org