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Frame Running with Manchester Frame Running

January 13, 2023

So this week marks one year since Charlie’s first ever Frame Running session with Manchester Frame Running, so it seemed a fitting time to write a blog about this amazing group.

Charlie’s first taster session with the wonderful Claire Buckle of CIPSRA was on 12/01/2022, and since that first session Charlie was hooked!

It has been a difficult year for Charlie with his hip operation happening in February, just 6 weeks after finding something he loved so much and putting a stop to his frame running. On Charlie’s last session before his operation the whole team came together and had a little party for Charlie with cake and a promise that they were always there whenever he was ready to return!

As soon as Charlie was able to tolerate 2 hours in his wheelchair again after the operation, the first thing he wanted to do was go back to frame running! Obviously, he wasn’t ready to get back on the bike, but he was welcomed back with open arms and was over the moon to see everyone again.

It wasn’t until July that Charlie was ready to get back on the bike, but as you can see, the sun shone, and Charlie had an amazing time, even though he was still in pain from his operation. Since then, he has continued with his Wednesday sessions at the Etihad with the team, and although he is still recovering from his operation and will be for some time he can’t wait every week to get back on the bike and challenge himself with the unwavering support and encouragement from the wonderful team here.

Frame running has been great for Charlies physical fitness and strength but the difference it has made mentally for Charlie, especially post-op, has been immense. The Manchester Frame Running family is such a supportive group of peers, trainers and athletes and I honestly could not recommend it enough to anyone wanting to give it a try!

What is Frame Running?

So, what exactly is frame running? Frame running (or you may also have heard it called Race Running) is an adapted sport, suitable for all ages of people who rely on aids for mobility and balance. It is essentially a three wheeled trike without the peddles with the athlete being supported by a saddle and chest or body plate. You then propel the frame using your feet in whatever manner works for you (running style, “bunny hopping” etc), and steer using your hands with a bike-style handlebar which automatically returns to the central position after turning. Frame running is held both indoors and outdoors weather depending. More information on Frame Running from CP Sport can be found here:

How do I try Frame Running?

You can book a taster session by contacting Manchester Frame Running Hub on:

Location and Accessibility

Sessions are held on a Wednesday evening 5.00pm – 6.30pm in the indoor athletics hall at the Manchester Regional Arena (Etihad stadium). Access is via Gate 13, Etihad Campus, Rowsley St, Manchester M11 3FF. There are 5 disabled bays, and then make your way through the squash entrance and sign in at reception who will then show you where we are. Access is flat and there are disabled toilets within the athletics hall.

Manchester Regional Arena


We are the Maley Family, a family of 6 from Greater Manchester. We are Dad: Dan, Mum: Jo, our three sons: Charlie, George and Tom, and our daughter: Hettie. Our eldest boys Charlie and George both have Cerebral Palsy, with Charlie being diagnosed at 2 years old and George not until he was 9. In this blog we want to give an honest and realistic perspective on life and experiences. We hope that in return this might help other families in a similar position to us.