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.

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About Parallel

Parallel is an innovative social enterprise; designed to shine a positive light on disability inclusion. Parallel events aim to remove barriers to enable as many people as possible of all ages and abilities to challenge themselves and get active; whilst also creating significant fundraising opportunities for charities. An integral part of the overall event experience is a festival of inclusivity; designed to provide a more immersive and interactive experience of disability inclusion.

About the University of Nottingham Sport

University of Nottingham Sport is a partnership between the University and the Students’ Union. The department delivers upon the University’s Vision for Sport, with the clear aim of delivering an outstanding student sporting offer for all and establishing the University as the first choice for students looking to combine a top-quality education and an excellent sporting experience. University of Nottingham is the 2019 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide – Sport University of the Year.