As a Corporate Friend, bp entered teams for this inspirational event in 2019, 2018 and 2017. The teams, made up of three people, each took on one stage of the Superhero Tri challenge – a swim, a bike ride or a run/push in a choice of two distances. To enter, every team had at least one person who considered themselves to have a disability. (Any disability counted).
bp has long supported disability sports as part of a broader promise of encouraging diversity and inclusion in society and schools. We are pleased to announce that Paralympic athletes Richard Whitehead and Kare Adenegan have been appointed bp ambassadors through to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, now being held in 2021.
In 2017 we partnered with the IPC World Para Athletics Championships in London. And in 2018, bp partnered with British Athletics for the IAAF Diamond League meeting which came to London as part of the Müller Anniversary Games and which included a number of para races. Indeed, bp ambassador Kare Adenegan set a world record in the T34 100m race beating long-time rival Hannah Cockroft.
In 2018 we also celebrated 10 years of affiliation with the British Paralympic Association. We were there at London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 to cheer on the remarkable performances by ParalympicsGB. Having rooted for the team as they prepared for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, it was thrilling to see them compete in a record five sports and come away with seven medals – the greatest in the team's history. We will also be supporting them at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
With the Superhero Series, its founder Sophia Warner says, “The idea is simple. To create fun, gutsy events where people with disabilities call the shots and don't have to worry about cut-off times or equipment restrictions. If you need flippers or floats in the water, or want to use your powered wheelchair we make it possible.
“In 2017 I chose triathlon challenges because swimming, cycling and running are the three most popular disability sports. But I didn't want people to be put off by the word ‘triathlon’. You can do a whole triathlon if you wish, but you can also choose to do just one or two stages as a relay with disabled and non-disabled family and friends.
“I know first-hand what a hugely positive impact sport can have on a person’s life and I believe everyone should have the chance to enjoy momentous and often life-changing events.”
The second Superhero Tri event took place at Dorney Lake near Windsor, set within 450 acres of spectacular parkland. The race was part of a full day of entertainment and refreshments for Superheroes, Sidekicks and spectators big and small. The day was broadcast on Channel 4 and a whole host of celebrities took part including Adam Hills, Jonnie Peacock and Menna & Jen, plus many more. Families came for a great day out and to cheer everyone over the line.
Dorney Lake was the host for the third Superhero Tri in 2019. There were three epic distances to choose from and three very different ways to take part. You could fly solo, unite with family and friends for the team relays, or tow your Superhero around the entire course! Huge fun was had by all with many weary but happy contestants wending their way home.