Keith gears up for long haul on bike

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views - STAFF RE­PORTER glamorgan.gazette@waleson­line.co.uk

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

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