Lazenby Twins Marathon Effort Shows That It's Ability Which Counts and Not Disability!
Posted: Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:32
Twin brothers Chris and Dave Lazenby from Northamptonshire broke their personal best times at the recent Manchester Marathon crossing the finish line side by side after 26.2 gruelling miles in a fantastic 3 hours 11 minutes.
Chris and Dave both have a learning disability, but this hasn't prevented them from enjoying the many benefits of participating in road running. They are both members of Wootton Road Runners Club and have previously won a number of medals while representing Great Britain at various International Sports Federation for Persons With Intellectual Disability (INAS) events around the world.
The twins were also great role models and ambassadors for other people with learning disabilities in Northamptonshire when they helped us at Northamptonshire Sport set up a jogging group in partnership with Northampton Mencap in 2016.
There are numerous physical and mental health benefits of running for us all. However as people with a disability in England are currently half as likely to be active as those without then it could be a great activity to help them improve their levels of physical activity.
There are lots of opportunities available for them to get started whether it be with a family member, carer, friend, jogging group, or parkrun event. There should be no expectations to run a long distance straight away, and building up slowly with walking mixed with jogging is the best way. It's amazing how quick your body adapts to what's being asked of it, and how much better mentally as well as physically you feel as a result. Whether you just run to the next lamppost, or a full marathon like the Lazenby's, it's all a great achievement!