Tynedale Lions help out at 2km disability road race
Tynedale Lions Club was pleased to sponsor the 2015 Tyne Tunnel International 2 kilometre disability road race on 11th September in Tyne and Wear. The Club contributed £1k towards the running costs of this prestigious event now in its 15th year. The race was conceived by race organizer David Burdus of Tynedale Lions.
The Tunnel was specially closed to night-time traffic to enable the race to take place and was won by Great Britain’s paralympic athlete David Weir who retained his title on Tyneside ahead of a competitive field in what organizers claim is the fastest wheelchair race on the planet.
Speeds in excess of 50mph are achieved on the downhill section using precision-made state of the art racing wheelchairs and because of this the field has to be restricted to a maximum of 24 athletes for safety reasons. Tynedale Lion Bernie Quinn was delighted to be invited to the event and to meet Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson who started the race and to meet those athletes taking part. He said, “Its amazing to think that the tunnel operators put the passion of these competitors ahead of keeping the traffic flowing on the A19. However the race is definitely a real beacon for disability sport in the North East of England and my Club was more than willing to offer some financial assistance.