Keith gears up for long haul on bike
A BLIND cyclist from Corntown is taking on a marathon challenge this August.
Keith Barrett, a member of the Ogmore Valley Wheelers club, is in training for a sponsored tandem ride from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in Scotland.
The journey, to raise money for Guide Dogs Cymru, will take nine days and cover nearly 1,000 miles, including steep hills and winding lanes.
Fellow cyclist David Walters will pilot the tandem, acting as Keith’s eyes and lending extra leg power.
Keith, the owner of guide dog Lena, said: “Being blind means I’ve faced many challenges in my life, and this cycle ride is one of the biggest! Guide Dogs changed my life and now it’s time for me to give something back. We’ve been training hard and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
David, a product engineer at Spectrum Communications in Bridgend, said: “Guide Dogs is such a good cause, and it’s great to see Keith get out and enjoy himself.
“I’ve been cycling all my life, but this is the ride every cyclist wants to do. Keith is really stubborn, but in a good way. He will not give up.”
Keith is no stranger to challenge events. In June 2015, he took part in the Paris to Swansea cycle ride on a tandem with Andy Harries, also from the Ogmore Valley Wheelers club.
Their efforts raised more than £5,000 for Guide Dogs Cymru, giving club members the honour of naming a guide dog puppy.
The black labrador was given the name Wheeler, and is now a fully qualified guide dog in Devon.
To sponsor Keith’s latest ride and help Guide Dogs, visit justgiving. com/fundraising/ tandemlejog2018
Keith Barrett and David Walters in training for their tandem ride from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in Scotland to raise money for Guide Dogs Cymru