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Nottingham Press Release

Parallel University of Nottingham set to relaunch as part of Parallel 2020 Event Series

Parallel will host its first regional event in partnership with the University of Nottingham on 17 May 2020 on the University Campus.

Parallel is the world’s first inclusive mass participation event, with disability at the heart of the experience. The award-winning event welcomes all ages and abilities; which combines multi-distance mass participation with a festival of inclusivity.

Parallel’s slogan: ‘Start Together, Finish Whenever’ epitomises the spirit of the event; encouraging participation at everybody’s own pace and shining a light on shared experience. Key features include the innovative Super Sensory 1K and a range of fully accessible zones across the festival; ranging from Active Lifestyle and Family zones to an extensive Charity Village.

Andrew Douglass, Founder of Parallel said:

“For us, 2020 is all about making history and I’m just delighted to be partnering with the University of Nottingham to deliver the first ever fully inclusive mass-participation event on a university campus. The University of Nottingham has been pioneering inclusive sport and actively supporting students with disabilities for many years. I’m very excited by the potential of our partnership and that together, we can continue to be a positive force for even greater inclusivity.”

Professor Sarah Sharples, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham said:

“It is important that we, as a University, understand and work to remove the barriers facing under-represented groups, whatever those challenges might be.
We are delighted to partner with Parallel for their first all-ability challenge event on University Park. We share the belief that opportunities should be open and accessible to all. Through our Disability Sport provision, we know the positive benefits of inclusivity and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the event next year in May.”

Parallel’s purpose is to be a positive catalyst in changing the negative image of disability and enabling everybody to fulfil potential to the best of their abilities. In just two years, Parallel has been a platform for over 100 charities, raising over £1million and enabling thousands of people, families and communities to get active together for the very first time.

Flagship event, Parallel Windsor has also been re-launched in 2020; taking place on 28 June in the Windsor Great Park.

Registration open now!

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