ULTRA-MARATHON CYCLIST WITH EPILEPSY BECOMES FIRST BRIT TO BAG 12-HOUR INDOOR TRACK CYCLING RECORD
Katie Ford completes the grueling 12-hour challenge and is cheered on by Paralympic gold medallist tennis star Gordon Reid as well as friends and family.
Katie Ford has just broken her final record for the day and it’s a big one: the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association 12-hour indoor track British record, subject to verification, clocking up a total of 190 miles which amounts to a colossal 1,226 laps of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. She’s the first British rider to ever attempt this.
As well as friends and family, Gordon Reid MBE, British professional wheelchair tennis player, Paralympic gold medallist at Rio 2016 and two-time singles and five-time doubles Grand Slam Champion, was at the Velodrome today to cheer Katie on, as well as Glasgow Warriors players Lee Jones and Ratu Tagive.
She was hoping to beat the 12-hour indoor track female world record held byAnna Mei but fell short of the impressive Italian’s 247.6 miles. However, Katie’s heroic efforts see her come away with two world records and one British record, pending verification from governing bodies the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association and Guinness World Records.
The inspirational 31-year-old took on the mammoth challenge to raise awareness around Epilepsy – the condition she developed aged four. She hopes her 12-hours in the saddle will help to remove the stigma associated with the condition.
Pending verification, Katie will have smashed her biggest challenge to date and made history in the Velodrome named after one of her sporting heroes, Sir Chris Hoy.
Speaking about how she was feeling shortly after coming off the bike, Katie said: “I feel ecstatic, I am absolutely over the moon. I can’t believe I’ve done it! It really was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done but thinking about everything the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity and Epilepsy Action has done for me and all the amazing children and young people they support helped me get through the darkest times in the saddle.
“I’m passionate about showing what people living with epilepsy are capable of and helping to banish the stigma associated with the condition.
“I’m so grateful to the support of my team, including my coach and friend Charline Joiner as well as to my family and friends who have been with me every step of the way throughout my journey. I have been blown away by the generosity of people who have donated to my Virgin Money Giving page so far.”
You can still donate to Katie Ford’s British record and world record attempts, please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Katies8HRand12HRWRAttempt
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