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01 February 2006 at 15:34
Land’s End to John O’Groats - the book of the ride Ever thought about riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats? Ever thought about publishing a book? No? Well you’re not alone. Ian Stallard, Clinical Technologist in the Spinal Injuries Unit at Southport Hospital hadn’t either until the Unit took delivery of a recumbent tricycle. That’s a three-wheeled bicycle that you sit on and pedal with your feet out in front of you. When the tricycle arrived, someone suggested it might be good to do long rides on, and one thing lead to another and before he knew it Ian had volunteered to ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats. This he did in May 2004, completing the 1035-mile ride in 18 days. “The original plan,” said Ian, “was for me to do it with Howard Massam, a Technical Instructor in the Physiotherapy Department, but due to the pressure of other commitments we ended up doing it separately. So, in an attempt to stave off loneliness and retain my sanity, I kept a diary of the journey and took lots of photos of the interesting things I saw on my way.” The diary and photos have now been published in a book called “Lie back and think of England - and parts of Wales and Scotland too!” Ian raised over £5,000 from the ride and he is selling them to again raise funds for the spinal injuries unit. If anyone would like a copy of the book, which sells for £10 (with over £7 going to the unit), contact Ian on extension 01704 704444. The money raised so far has been used to buy a revolutionary partial weight-bearing treadmill system for our patients with spinal cord injuries, to help with their early rehabilitation. Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714 E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk