Cyclists climb peak for spinal injury charity

Max Thorpe and Chris Williams 2

A team of local cyclists overcame a challenge of extreme endurance to raise awareness and funds for people who are paralysed.

An eight-strong group of family and friends cycled more than 1,100km over four days in south-west France.

They were inspired by 18-year-old Tunbridge Wells wheelchair user James Morrison, who at 16 was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, which left him paralysed from the chest down.

The ‘Journey for James’ also saw them rising from sea level to the summit of Col du Tourmalet, a vertical climb of 1.31 miles.

The group have raised more than £11,000 for Back Up – a charity which helps thousands of people rebuild their confidence and independence after suffering serious spinal cord injury.

After completing the long ride on September 11, James’s aunt, Claire Midgley, from Hadlow said: “This was definitely the toughest challenge I have ever done on a bike.

“Climbing the iconic Tourmalet in the pouring rain was as hard as it gets, but what kept me going was the very personal nature of the cause for which I was riding.”

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