Parallel Windsor, run by Parallel Lifestyle, has accessible challenge events for all abilities, ages, and fitness levels. Challenges range from 100m to 10k. All participants also had access to the Festival of Inclusivity, with music, games, rock climbing, and even birds of prey and therapy horses.

Mia, Julie, and Amber proudly showed off their medals

Team Variety made the most of the day, conquering the challenges with smiles on their faces. Even when the thunder rolled overhead, the team stayed positive, huddling under the Variety marquee and taking the opportunity to make memories with new friends.

We were joined by supporters, partners, and beneficiaries. Ada, who received a specialist car seat from Variety, returned with her parents Loran and Chris and twin brother Fred, along with a huge cheer squad of family and friends.

Ada returned with her family after stealing the crowd’s hearts last year. Fred made the most of the day, racing to the finish

James, who received sensory toys from Variety, also made a return after joining us at Parallel 2023 and the Superhero Tri. He had a smile on his face all day as he said hello to the rest of the Variety family.

The rain couldn’t stop Steven, Eliza, and James

Variety Young Ambassador Yassine also joined us, making the most of his sports wheelchair as he raced around the course.

Yassine raced ahead of his dad

The Saracens Foundation, a new partner of Variety, brought a team by coach and really shared the inclusive spirit of the day.

Mark from the Saracens Foundation and his dad on the sensory course

We were also joined by Emma from Big Sing Soul, who partnered with us last year for a charity skydive. She made the most of the day with Glen and sons Ryan and Adam.

Glen, Emma, and Ryan had a fantastic time on the sensory course

Team Arlo made a return to celebrate the day with us, with supporters Amber, Julie, Mia, and Suzi, taking on several challenges, all in the pouring rain with family and friends supporting!

Suzi, Amber, and Arlo celebrated together after a fantastic challenge

We were lucky to be joined by Variety supporters Julie and Simon Dodsworth, who drove down from York to run a tombola on our behalf. With beautiful handcrafted soaps, bath bombs, and gifts, it was a huge success and proved popular with other festival goers.

Simon and Julie joined us all the way from York

Variety Challenge Events and Community Partnerships Manager, Sarah Phillips, said:

What an unbelievable day! I feel so honoured to work with such an incredible team of people from all walks of life. We’ve had people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds come together to celebrate a fantastic day of inclusivity. It was wonderful to see so many smiles even when the weather decided to misbehave!

Thank you so much to everyone who travelled to Windsor to join us and help celebrate our 75th year! We are incredibly lucky at Variety to have such amazing supporters who keep sharing the love come rain or shine!