British Wheelchair Racing Association


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The BWRA is the governing body for wheelchair racing in Great Britain actively promoting participation, equality and governance for disabled people in this exiting sport on road and on track. We are a voluntary organistion. The majority of our operational expenses are funded by donations. Photographs © David Burdus and Critical Tortoise Photography.




Although, the weather could have been kinder (it poured down!), Sunday's Championships saw some great racing and some fast times - well done to all! The results of the event are attached HERE and will shortly be sent on for inclusion (where appropriate) on the IPC rankings. We would like to thank all of those who were involved in running the event. The BWRA is a wholly voluntary organisation and it is the goodwill, time and expertise of our volunteers which makes such events a success. Good luck for the rest of the season!

For those who have not already done so MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL IS DUE. Go to membership renewal form for 2013 by clicking here.

Parking Blues!

The frequency of parking attendants visiting Stoke Madeville Stadium car park has increased and we would therefore like to remind you that if you park in a 'disabled bay' without displaying a blue badge you will be issued with a parking charge. And... in this instance, we understand the charge will be unable to be cancelled despite legitimate reasons for parking at the Stadium even with an excluded registration number.

The 3 hour limit and registration of vehicle registration numbers still stands so please inform us of any new or updated registrations that will be passed to MET parking to be permanently excluded any time related charges. Please also note at large events where a high frequency of unregistered vehicles are occupying the car park, the cameras may be turned off. This can be confirmed at reception if this is the case.

If you have any questions in regards to parking at the Stadium, please do not hesitate to contact Vickey Hawkes, Events Manager.

Josie Cichockyj (9 December 1964 – 2 December 2014) 
It is with the greatest sadness a great wheelchair athlete and friend, Josie Cichockyj, passed away 2 December 2014. Josie had a fantastic sporting career across a number of sports including track and road racing, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis. Josie not only broke a multitude of racing records, representing Great Britain at the 1984 Paralympic Games at Stoke Mandeville. Josie has held every British Track Record from 100m through to 5,000m breaking 28 British Records. The highlight of her track career was breaking the 5,000m World Track record. In addition, Silver Medals at European Track Championships in Belgium and Austria. Josie competed in the London Marathon women's wheelchair race for a number of years, finishing as runner-up twice before winning the 1989 race. Josie also won the Leeds, Gloucester, Ottawa and Brussels Marathons as well as the Great North Run and Reading half marathon. Josie captained the GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team from 1989-1992 and represented Great Britain at the 1988 Paralympic Games in Seoul. Later Josie turned her focus and passion to developing sport in the UK and, as the British Wheelchair Basketball Board Member responsible for Women in Wheelchair Basketball, Josie was committed to both developing and supporting the sport at all levels of the game. Josie will be tremendously missed by all her friends in wheelchair sport

Derby 10k Wheelchair Event 19th April
The Derby 10k takes place on the 19th April 2015. Last year was the first year that a 10k wheel chair race was part of the event attracting 7 entrants and positive feedback. This year currently has only 1 entrant and entries close on the 2nd March (subject to race limit). See for further details.

GEAR 10k (Grand East Anglian Run) – 3rd May
For those looking for an alternative to the BWRA Champs, the GEAR 10k (Grand East Anglian Run) is an event that has gone from strength to strength over the years.  The course is very good and the support and live music in the Town Square make is a great event.   Email:

Virgin Money Giving Mini Wheelchair Marathon
The Virgin Money Giving Mini Wheelchair Marathon entry console is now open. The closing date is the 30th of March at 5pm.  Please follow the link below to enter. Also please feel free to pass this onto others you feel may want to take part.   

Gosport Mile
It was confirmed a few months ago that wheelchair racing is to be included in this year’s Gosport Golden Mile on 31 May.  See the website  and the contact is Peter Hull MBE , ex-wheelchair racer at

Rio 2016 Marathon Course Changes
We received notification from the Rio 2016 OCOG that the Athletics Marathon Venue has changed: Flamengo Park will no longer be used as a Rio 2016 competition venue. The new venue for marathon is being studied and will be communicated once confirmed.

Channel 4 Rio Production Trainee Scheme
The Channel 4 Rio Production Training Scheme will give 24 disabled applicants an opportunity to train as production staff to the level required to work on the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016, and beyond that to build a career in sport production. The scheme is open to entry level and junior talent to join the industry and learn the skills necessary in three possible roles: Junior Researcher/Assistant Producer (broadcast or digital); Junior Production Secretary/Coordinator; Technical/Production assistant. After a final assessment there's an opportunity to go to Rio as part of the production team.

They are looking for people who have a passion for sport and are keen to share this with others. These are paid-for placements that last for up to 12 months and there's opportunities nationwide. Click here for the Channel Four placement pdf with more information, which includes a link to their website for applications. More general info is here:

IPC News
Helmets now need to be worn in all races (not just 800m and above) ...... and BWRA continue to recommend the use of helmets whenever you are training in the racing chair as well.

Calendar 2015

British Records (correct at 31/12/2014)

Go to British Records list by clicking here.

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Contacts | Secretary tel 07828 155782 | Chairman tel 07980 887861

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