Anthony aims for world record wheelchair challenge

Wheelchair athlete Anthony Gotts who trains in Nelson (s)

Wheelchair athlete Anthony Gotts who trains in Nelson (s)

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A wheelchair athlete who trains in Nelson is set to embark on the challenge of a lifetime, riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats in just 28 days.

Anthony Gotts (32), from Rossendale, will attempt to smash the world record for the 900-mile journey in August.

I believe everyone on the planet can do extraordinary things – if they work hard and it means enough to them they can do something amazing

Anthony

To finish the journey in record time he will need to push around 33 miles a day without any rest days for four weeks, which equates to more than a marathon every day.

To achieve his goal Anthony said he is sticking to an intense training regime which involves 11 training sessions a week, many of which take place at Seedhill Athletics Track in Nelson.

Anthony was an able-bodied athlete until he tore muscles and broke his pelvis in a freak long-jumping accident. He had been looking to make the trials for the London Olympics, but gradually lost the use of both legs.

Despite his injuries, he has competed in the World Marathon Championships in London in what was only his second marathon. He has also competed in several races across Europe.

He said: “I believe everyone on the planet can do extraordinary things – if they work hard and it means enough to them they can do something amazing.

“I turn 33 in July and I feel now is the time do my amazing thing as well as raising money for charity.”

Anthony will also be raising money for the Weir Archer Academy, a charity which helps disabled people to take part in sport.

He is looking for people to help him with his challenge, from admin volunteers to support cyclists, vehicle sponsors, engineers and cycle shops, sports massage therapists and physiotherapists.

To get involved contact Anthony on ant400mh@hotmail.co.uk.