TT2 and NECA welcome the Department for Work and Pensions Disability Confident as a Gold status partner of the 2015 Tyne Tunnel 2K International.
Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson said:
“It gives me enormous pride that Disability Confident is supporting the Tyne Tunnel 2K International race as it absolutely typifies the spirit of the campaign. This is an event that has been devised and delivered by disabled people who want to encourage others to push themselves to their limits. The fact that it could be watched by 300 million people is incredible and shows what can be achieved with an idea and the commitment to see it through.
“The drive and determination shown by the competitors is a metaphor for the efforts of the nearly 226,000 disabled people who entered into employment over the past year - a figure we want to see increase further. Employers are now recognising the benefits of employing talented disabled people and the Tyne Tunnel 2k event hammers home that there is no limit to what can be achieved.”
'Tyne Tunnel 2K'
The 'cult' 2km road race takes place in the dead of night, through Tyne Tunnel 1, North East England, when TT2 Ltd (the company that manage the tunnel) specially close it to traffic.
Competitors race Paralympic standard, state of the art racing chairs, at speeds of 50mph+ by muscle power alone. Branded - 'the fastest wheelchair race on the planet!', this event is definitely not for the faint-hearted!
Oh, and Baroness Tanni Grey Thomspon.... a massive high five for ageeing to officialy start this year's race!
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