JAPES was founded by Nelson Liddle, a teacher whose life was changed when he took up running. On his first marathon in Rome in 2014, he witnessed a group of
runners helping a young boy participate in the race in a Joelette. The look of joy on the face of the youngster as the crowd cheered him on – was the inspiration behind JAPES.
In the summer of 2016, Nelson took on the John Muir Way Challenge. This saw him run from Helensburgh to Dunbar, coast-to-coast, on the John Muir Way in Scotland - a distance of 138 miles - the equivalent of five marathons over five days. The Crowdfunding raised through this allowed the purchase of our first Joelette, and JAPES: Joelette & People Experiences was born.