para athletes


If you’re a junior or senior para athlete or would like to get into para athletics, then you’ve come to the right place. Our friendly and supportive coaches will help you develop your skills for competition or for your own personal development. Our notable athletes include Lindsey Chapman who secured Gold at the Invictus Games in 2017, Scottish Junior International Nathan Blackie, Chris Nash and Heather Rowe.


Our para athletics section began with Martin Cook who came to the Ashdown track with his son in the search of facilities to help his son train. We’ve grown from just focusing on wheelchair racing to include field disciplines too. The section currently has around 20 athletes competing as part of the club.


Training is fully inclusive with both senior and junior athletes. Our coaches help with everything from developing athletes’ stamina through to sprinting and throwing. Wheelchair training sessions take place on Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Ashdown track, cost £2.50.


Coaches work with para athletes to develop their skills to progress through various competitions.

Firstly, athletes can test their track and field skills in the Poole AC competition which usually takes place in April and September at the Ashdown track.

At the next level, CPSports (Cerebral Palsy Sports) offers the opportunity to compete against athletes from other clubs. Events could include 5ks and 10ks through to dedicated Athletics Series. A list of events can be found here>>

Our wheelchair athletes can also progress onto British Wheelchair Racing which has seen the likes of David Weir and Hannah Cockroft compete.


Our para athletes compete in a variety of races covering all distances, including:

  • The Yeovil 5k series,  details here>>
  • Bournemouth Marathon Festival (a range of races from 1k to a full marathon), details here>>
  • London Mini Marathon (3 miles for U17 athletes), details here>>

Speak to our coaches for details of other races.

What to expect

We’re a friendly bunch and offer have-a-go sessions to help you decide if athletics is for you. We also have a limited supply of equipment such as wheelchairs.

Wheelchair athlete at track

Recent News and Events

running, cross country, track and field

Results: YTRRC 5k Race 4, 2018

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While quite a few people were suffering watching the football, four of our athletes were successfully competing in the 4th race in the Yeovil 5k summer series, well done all!
Junior athletes at Poole AC

PAC News 28, 10th July 2018

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Disability Track & Field Latest Results On July 8th in the Activity Alliance Typhoo Junior Athletics Championships at Coventry,  Kevin Walker gained triple gold in the 100m, 200m, and 400m.…
Junior athletes at Poole AC

PAC News 27, 3rd July 2018

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Millie runner-up in British 5000m Championship! In the British W5000m Championship held at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium last weekend, Melissa Courtney finished only 0.35 behind winner Steph Twell in 16:07:59, beating…
Chris Nash

Results: YTRRC 5k Race 3

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Chris Nash led the field home in another strong performance by Poole AC para athletes at the third race in the Yeovil 5k summer series.