The final training session
Our five novice racers continue on their Unlimited Great North Wheelchair event journey. Their final training session, under the expert guidance of Paralympic coach, Rick Hoskins, saw them transition from track to road; similar to the conditions they will encounter along Newcastle’s iconic quayside on Saturday the 9th September. With just a week to go until the big day Ian, Lucy, Megan, Richard and Rosie share their thoughts…..
At the age of three Ian contracted polio, a viral infection that can cause temporary or permanent paralysis, which affected both of his legs. The 66 year old now suffers with post-polio, which causes further muscle weakness and fatigue if he doesn’t pace himself properly.
17 year old Lucy from Stockport Lucy suffers from Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT), a neurological disease that causes muscle weakness in the limbs and affects one in every 2,500 people in the UK.
13 year old Megan suffers from bilateral club feet, body seizures and spasms.
Richard, aged 50, suffered spinal nerve damage whilst serving in the British Army and is currently received treatment for Tourette’s syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Rosie, 15, suffers from cerebral palsy in all four of her limbs and also has a heart condition which affects her breathing.