Tunnel 2K- Big WIN!
Cassidy wins fastest wheelchair race on the planet
NEWS RELEASE 19 September 2010
Geulph based Paralympian Josh Cassidy stormed to his second major UK road race victory on Friday in the at the 10th annual Tyne Tunnel 2K International. In the fastest wheelchair race on the planet, Cassidy hit in excess of 46mph on downhill section of the road tunnel under the river Tyne in North East England and the completed the grueling climb out of the 2km course in an astonishing 4.04.3, 17 seconds outside the course record. He finished ahead of last year’s winner, double Beijing gold medalist, David Weir of Great Britain who completes the course in 4.13.3. South African Ernst van Dyk, the 2007 Tunnel 2K winner, took third place with a time of 4.23.0. The Tunnel 2K gold medal triumph follows Cassidy’s win in the prestigious Virgin London Marathon in April this year.
Speaking after the race Josh Cassidy said: “This year had the toughest competition in years, and so it was great to come out on top. I was pleased to have a clear win, and also setting a personal best.”
Race promoter, David Burdus said, “Cassidy won Tunnel 2K in 2008 in the absence of fellow titans Weir and van Dyk so he wasn’t hot favorite to win. However, his incredible uphill performance and power across the finish line has silenced his critics. Josh is much loved here in the UK and is a deserving winner”
Cassidy, an accomplished illustrator and artist, was commissioned by Burdus to create a stunning new graphic image of the River God Tyne blowing wheelchair racers through the Tunnel to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the race, prints of which were handed to the race sponsor and winners with their prizes.
Cassidy also took part in the UK Great North Run half marathon against a strong international field on Sunday 19th September, placing second, just 6 seconds behind David Weir who finished in 44.49.1. Spain’s Raphael Botello Jimenez finished in third in 47.23.0.
Cassidy continues to stamp his authority on the world road racing circuit and can be next seen teamed up with sponsor, Simon Storage, in the Berlin Marathon on 25th September.
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