Behind (And Above & Around) Bars

Back to Hendon Leisure Centre with Jon for three more gymnastic apparatuses with the ever patient Adel. : parallel bars; asymmetric bars ; and the high bar.

We started with the parallel bars where, somewhat to our surprise, we actually made some reasonable progress ending with a routine that involved ‘walking’ down the bars, swinging, straddling and a sideways dismount.

The high bars and the asymmetric bars were less successful. The high (low?) light came when I tried to do a 360 degree turn on one of the asymmetric bars. I got exactly half way round and was hanging upside down when Adel realised he needed to come to my rescue. Unfortunately, in the intervening period, gravity had taken control and the male parts of my anatomy were between my body and the bar. Adel’s subsequent push to pivot me round the bar was fairly agonising…

The real highlight of the day came when Adel – who was the North African vaulting champion – performed a vault for us. Fantastic to see it live and up close – definitely worth watching the video below!

And as always, anything you can spare is always appreciated. You can support my challenge by donating to five fantastic charities: NSPCC, Cancer Research UK, Oxfam, Right To Play and Scope at

And to take on your own Olympic and Paralympic themed charity challenge, visit

About Run the World

I'm running 10 km in every country in the world - a total of 205 countries - by the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I'm doing the Run the World challenge to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and to raise money for cancer research following the death of my mother from cancer. If you'd like to donate to Cancer Research - - then I know they'd be very grateful.
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