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London Bikeathon

John Jenkins

I am disabled with a neuropathy which affects my legs leaving me with poor balance and no feeling in my lower limbs. I also had surgery on my lower back L5/S1 to relieve nerve root compression back in March this year. But that’s enough of that, just to say my ICE Adventure is the best purchase I have ever made it has allowed me to enjoy mobility again. Ian Crowder of Sat Down Cycling converted the pedals to secure my feet so there is no chance of them slipping off and other than that no modifications were necessary.

On the 15th September I cycled in the London Bikeathon raising money for Leukaemia Research, and completed the whole distance of 53 miles.

I started of at the Royal Chelsea hospital gardens at 10.00 am. The first 26 miles took me past the London Eye then over the River Thames, past The British Museum then onto St Paul's Cathedral, then back over the Thames to the Oval cricket ground. The weather held up, but it was a bit windy particularly when criss-crossing over the Thames.

The second 26 miles took us via Stamford Bridge, Richmond Park, past Kew Gardens, Wimbledon Common and to Fulham. This was a different story altogether, the wind grew in strength and the rain started with a vengeance and the hills seemed to get longer and more demanding. Mind you going down these hills really got the adrenalin going!

I got back to finish after about 7 hour and 53 miles at 5.30 pm tired but really pleased that I had completed the course.

There to cheer me home, after a long day for them as well as me, was my support team: Carole (for without whom I could not have done it at all, making sure I had all I needed driving me to the venue and getting the Trike ready), my daughter Emma her husband Phil, daughter-in law Heidi and our 4 granddaughters.

A very big thank you to all my sponsors; so far they have raised £ 1243.75 for Leukaemia Research, a charity that does so much good work on behalf of us all.

Last but not least in memory of four good friends who lost their battle over the last 18 months to the big C: Muriel, Doreen, John, and George.

For details of the route I took click here 

For more information on the London Bikeathon click here

Written by John Jenkins