This summer Living Sport Partnerships Manager, Rebecca Evans, completed a Double Wheelchair Marathon as part of the Superhero Series At Home Superheroes challenge powered by Marvel.

Superhero Series is the UK’s one and only disability sports series. Between 17th July and 14th August 2021 Rebecca joined over 3000 individuals and teams grouped in six celebrity teams to take on the At Home Superheroes Summer mission. Rebecca's team was Team Black Panther with Comedian and Writer Lee Ridley, the Lost Voice Guy, as the Celebrity Team Captain.

Collectively the Superheroes and Sidekicks clocked up 368,879 kilometres virtually in this nationwide challenge to travel around the world. Participants could take part in any way they liked - from cycling to swimming, wheeling to skating or using their senses towards their mission. 

Superheroes_graphicLiving Sport is an official Charity Friend of the Superhero Series and provided free fundraising places to individuals and charities throughout Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. All funds raised through the Living Sport places go directly to our disability work in the county. We work across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough empowering disabled people to be active, in whatever way works for them.

Leading by example, Rebecca signed up for the challenge to support the fundraising effort. She set herself the task of completing a Double Marathon distance (85km) in her day chair during the month-long challenge. She achieved her goal covering over 85km in 29 days with 21 journeys clocking up 17 hours of pushing - incredible! All this while working full time and doing her usual sporting activities and even having to miss five days out because of illness.

Living Sport are super proud of Rebecca and thankful for all the support shown. She has raised £279 so far and donations can still be made on Rebecca's fundraising page.

On completing the challenge Rebecca said:

“I am so happy that I have achieved the distance I set out to do, it hasn’t been easy and I had to drag myself out some days, missing days due to illness wasn’t ideal, but I am a determined person, I set myself a goal and wasn’t going to be defeated and certainly didn’t want to let anyone down.”

“Having this challenge and knowing I was doing it for the great work of Living Sport has kept me going. I reached my initial fundraising target and had to extend it thanks to some wonderful supporters, I really am grateful for. It has also enabled me to demonstrate that however much you do; every effort counts and builds up to a bigger amount. Some pushes were slower and shorter than others, but it all counted!”

“We had the added benefit of not living far from Nene Park, Peterborough and could use the park for longer pushes to enjoy the beautiful surroundings we are so lucky to live near and have an excuse to get out and about.”

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Rebecca has had Cerebral Palsy from birth and has experienced first-hand the power of sport to change lives. In her case, swimming created many opportunities for day-to-day fitness as well as competition. Participating in sport has provided Rebecca with many benefits including confidence, resilience, academic achievement, life skills and a career. Not forgetting lifelong friends. 

After a bit of a rest Rebecca is consider the options for the At Home Winter Wonderwheels event in November the next instalment of the Superhero series. Living Sport have fundraising places on offer for anyone who wants to challenge themselves while raising funds for our charity. Find out more and sign up here

To help get you inspired you can watch the TV coverage of the At Home Superhero series which is available on All 4.

  • Find out more about Superhero Series visit here

  • You can read more detail on Rebecca’s sporting journey here.

 
With thanks to Living Sport's At Home Superhero sponsors:

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Closha Associates works with the public sector and charities to deliver projects for local communities. Closha understands the valuable contribution that sport and physical activity can play in helping to build stronger and more inclusive communities.