We are so happy and proud that Anthony has chosen our charity to raise money for during this epic challenge.
We ask all of our amazing supporters to please support Anthony by donating, cycling with him sending messages of support or simply cheering him along the way.
Wheelchair Athlete’s Lands End to John O’Groats World Record Challenge
A wheelchair athlete from Rossendale, Lancashire is well underway with his 900 mile push from Lands End to John O’Groats in an attempt to achieve a Guinness World Record.
32-year-old Anthony Gotts is the first person in history to attempt the gruelling journey from Cornwall to Scotland in a manual wheelchair, using arm power alone.
In order to finish the journey in record time he will need to push around 33 miles per day without any rest day for four weeks, which equates to over one marathon a day.
So far, he has pushed over 360 miles, putting him on track to complete the challenge in record time.
Anthony Gotts was an able-bodied athlete until he tore muscles and broke his pelvis in a freak long jumping accident. He had been looking to make the trials for the London Olympics, but gradually lost the use of both legs.
Despite his injuries, he has competed in the World Marathon Championships in London and in several races across Europe with more determination than ever before. He said: “I believe everyone on the planet can do extraordinary things – if they work hard and it means enough to them they can do something amazing.
I turn 33 in July and I feel now is the time do my amazing thing as well as raising money for charity.”
In addition to taking on the challenge, Anthony is fundraising for the 53 foundation – a charity which raises money and awareness to create active opportunities for people with disabilities. Donations can be made at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/aglejog/308610
The challenge takes much more than training, determination and charity donations as he needs as much help as he can get. This includes offers of accommodation, meals and physiotherapy en route. If you can offer support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.