Parallel London - the world’s first fully inclusive mass participation event

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will host the second edition of Parallel London, open to people of all ages and abilities

Parallel London - the world’s first fully inclusive mass participation event

by Andrei Angelescu

Returning to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for its second year, Parallel London offers five different challenges to provide full inclusivity in London

The inaugural Parallel London last year provided the perfect opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in physical activity and sport. This year on 3 September, it's back again, with five different challenges for participants to challenge themselves: a 10km, 5km, 1km, 100m and Super Sensory 1km. The event, while featuring aspects of competition, is designed to allow participants to push themselves as much or as little as they want, with an added emphasis on fun and inclusion. 

As part of the event, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will also host a free family festival: a colourful celebration of inclusivity, featuring nine inclusive zones and providing something for everyone to get involved with, with dedicated areas such as technology, mobility or personal development.


Motivation, the organisation who provide essential, robust and bespoke wheelchairs to disabled children and adults living in some of the poorest countries in the world, aims to ensure disabled people have access too all aspects of life. They will again be on hand to support Londoners and London businesses to take part in the event. Check out more of what they do by visiting the Motivation website.

London Sport want to change 1,000,000 lives through getting Londoners more active. Events such as Parallel London serve as a perfect opportunity to inspire participation across the city and break down barriers to participation that deaf and disabled people may often face. Read more about how London Sport is trying to make London the most physically active city in the world in our Blueprint for a Physically Active City.