Barnoldswick ex-Paralympian completes team charity cycle ride

Team Blesma riders and support crew are met by representatives of the local Royal Marines Association at the finish in Filey. (S)
Team Blesma riders and support crew are met by representatives of the local Royal Marines Association at the finish in Filey. (S)

A former Barnoldswick Paralympian was one of five disabled veterans who successfully completed a 140-mile Coast to Coast cycle ride for charity.

Mark Brown (52), of Kelbrook Road, began in Morecambe on Easter Monday and the team, including two on hand bikes, passed through Ingleton, Hawes, Redmire, Leyburn, Thirsk and Malton before the finish in Filey three days later.

More than £7,000 has been raised, with the figure still rising, as the team benefited from encouragement in the form of a support crew and other cyclists who joined the route at different stages along the way.

Mr Brown lost his arm after a motorbike accident in Shropshire in 1982 while driving back to barracks where he was based serving with 1st Battalion Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.

He has been forever grateful for what Blesma did for him and is happy the ride achieve everything he hoped it would: awareness of Blesma, empowering others and a good amount of funds raised too.

Mr Brown said: “It was a really good team effort and everybody finished safely. The two guys on the hand bikes were going to have to work a little bit harder but they completed it.

“One of them was even in discussion about doing something bigger in the future such as Land’s End to John O’Groats. I think to my mind it’s fantastic they have been empowered. I think the fact we are talking about Blesma is as equally important as the funds we have raised.”

Go online to www.justgiving.com/C2CFORBLESMA/ where donations are still welcome.