Rob’s Story

My background prior to becoming an endurance handcyclist adventurer was a chef/publican for over 20 years with personal experience of working in corporate and public sectors. I also ran my own health club for five years. This together with my life experiences has given me skills and insight that enable me to connect with a wide range of audiences.

I had no idea how my life was about to change before my accident life was great, I have a beautiful wife and daughter lived in a 3 bed roomed house had a nice nest egg in the bank.   We have travelled the world, life couldn’t have been any better for us today I find it hard to think back to those days, today I still wake up thinking I’m going to walk again and wonder if I’m the only one that thinks about this?.

After my accident It wasn’t easy and for the first three years I just locked myself away from the world and all my friends, I had no idea how I was going to cope with all the changes, I refused to use my wheelchair believing I was going to walk again and return back to work. We had used all of our nest egg that we had worked so hard for. My wife said to me one day “You’ve got to start changing or you will be all alone.”

I was introduced To Sally Garbett Occupational Therapist/Consultant from that day my life changed. We moved to a ground floor flat, Sally got the council to make all the changes that I needed, a wet room was built for me all the doors were widened for my wheel chair, ramps were built at the front and back of the flat so I had access to the garden, she also managed to get me a special bed as I had been sleeping on the living room floor for over two years and finely she helped me get all the benefits I needed to live a full life again.

In 2012 I went to the Paralympics in London after watching the Hand cycling events it got me thinking I could do that so I set of to investigate how I could get involved in Hand cycling, I went on a weekend course at Stoke Mandeville and loved it I knew then I must get myself a Hand cycle.

Over the last ten years I has overcome many physical and mental barriers, completing many events others believed impossible; these events have included Hand cycling from London to Brighton, 24 hour endurance race at Thurxton  Motor circuit in which I qualified for Race across America in 2018, Ride100. This amazing achievement was to be the first of many adventures which would see me hand cycle from Scotland to London 600 miles in November 2014, raising £12000 for charity.

In July 2015 I Appeared on ITV Surprise Surprise TV Show, the show was supported by Sunrise Medical who donated 7 hand-cycles to my hand-cycling club. I currently have my sights set on a new challenge – this July 2017 I will be hand cycling the coastline of the England, 2,500 miles in 27 days, raising funds for my charities. I will finish this challenge on Friday 28th July

I hope to create something special and unique this year and for anyone who wants to join me.