Following the huge success of its debut event, Superhero Tri, the only sports series dedicated to ‘Everyday Superheroes’ – the UK’s 12.9m people with disabilities and long-term injuries – has launched its second annual event, the npower Winter Wonderwheels, taking place in December. More than 20 Celebrity Team Captains took part in the debut event and, once again, celebrities are turning out in force and inviting Superheroes 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, and are back for more Superhero fun.
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 1k stage of a scenic 5k 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.
The only Celebrity Team Captain who didn’t make it to the debut event as planned was the Last Leg’s Adam Hills. “I was all primed and ready for Superhero Tri, but had to leave the country last-minute to renew my visa,” he explains. “I was gutted! There’s no way I’m missing Winter Wonderwheels and letting all that training go to waste. I can’t wait to unite with my competition winning teammates and show the Paralympians a thing or two about competing!”
One such Paralympian taking part is Superhero Series ambassador Sophie Christiansen. “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 for Everyday Superheroes to choose from, which all embody the series’ ‘everything goes’ ethos. There’ll be no cut-off times and all types of gadgets & gismos will be welcome on the course, from day chairs, handcycles, walking frames and trikes to tandems, race runners, blades and bikes. There’ll also be a huge array of festive fun laid on for Superheroes, Sidekicks (buddies on the course) and spectators big and small.
To enter the competition: visit superheroseries.co.uk/celebrity-wonderwheels-relay to share your story and explain why you should win a place on a celebrity team. To find out more about Superhero Series or to register visit www.superheroseries.co.uk and @superherotri on twitter.