Wednesday 28 June 2017

'It's absolutely amazing' - This disabled man is cycling across Ireland on a modified bike

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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A man, born with cerebral palsy, has told how he is cycling across Ireland on a modified bicycle.

Jack Thompson cycled from London to Liverpool and earlier this week he boarded a ferry to Belfast where he now plans to continue across the country.

He was met along the route by Balymena native Sherman Wright who was bowled over by the inspiring story.

Mr Thompson said he had just arrived in Ireland and he was expecting his route to become "a lot more hilly" over the coming days.

Mr Thompson said: "It's wonderful and the people are lovely, they're really friendly."

Wright said he was particularly moved by Mr Thompson's story because his nephew Darren also had cerebral palsy.

Asked how he deals with the long distances, Mr Thompson said: "I'm good with dealing with the pain, it allows you to go on forever. It took me five years of progression to get to that stage.

"I would like to get sponsored to do longer cycles. I would like to take the whole year and do big distances."

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