Smashing finish as members of Sheffield boccia club walk over Great Yorkshire Run finish line

Sheffield Smashers Boccia team at the Great Yorkshire Run.
Sheffield Smashers Boccia team at the Great Yorkshire Run.
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Disabled members of a Sheffield sports club had the crowds cheering when they managed to get up out of their wheelchairs and walk the last few steps of the Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield.

Seven wheelchair users from Sheffield Smashers Boccia Club took part in the 10km Bupa event, and were pushed around the course by 14 runners - all supporters of the club.

At the end of the six-mile race on Arundel Gate, some of the wheelchair users got up from their chairs and were helped to walk across the finishing line.

Mark Dolan, who is the club coach, said: “We completed the run in one hour and 16 minutes which was a great time.

“At the end of the race some of the players got out of their wheelchairs to walk over the finish line. It was such an emotional and inspirational finish to the race and we received a huge roar from the crowd as everyone cheered them over the line.

“It was such a proud day for everyone involved and showed great team spirit from all of the players and runners.”

The Smashers are based at Talbot Special School in Norton Lees, and set up in January to give those with physical disabilities a way of competing at elite level in the Paralympic sport.

The game has similarities with bowls.

The members are aged between 16 and 38 and all have cerebral palsy.