Para athletics

Gloucester Athletic Club has been recognised by the sport’s National Governing Body, England Athletics, as an ‘Ambassador Club’ for its work with athletes with a disability. This prestigious title comes as a reward for the Club’s outstanding work in this field and, in particular, the work of its lead disability coach, Bob Purcell.

The Disability Group was first established in 2014 since when it has developed into a thriving squad of wheelchair racers, racerunners, seated and ambulant throwers and ambulant runners - one of the largest in the South West and West Midlands.


We welcome and support all disabled runners, jumpers and throwers, ambulant or seated, of all ages and those with sensory or cognitive impairment.


More recently we have developed into a major centre for the development of Racerunning - athletics' newest event and specially formulated for those who have leg movement but may have balancing difficulties.


Wheelchair race training and Racerunning - Sunday morning from 11:00 - 13.00; Tuesday evening 18:45 - 20:00.


Training for seated and ambulant throwers - Thursday evening 18:45 - 20:00


For further information, contact Bob Purcell (e-mail or phone 01452 417990), or come along to the Blackbridge track on Sunday mornings between 11:00 – 13:00 for a chat and to see the groups in action.


Bob Purcell