Pete Linnett, 3x World’s Strongest Disabled Man, successfully completed a 100-mile handcycle from Leicester to Skegness this summer in aid of the charity Spinal Research.
The 56-year-old, who was born with spina bifida and uses crutches to walk, completed the event on 15 August with 6 close friends.
“During lockdown, my friend and I wanted to keep fit and were regularly cycling 18-25 miles, so we decided to do the ride as a fundraiser. It snowballed from there and ended up with 7 of us doing it.” The man from Glen Parva said.
They set off from the clock tower in Leicester at 6am and were greeted throughout the ride. People came out to give them drinks and Tesco and Coop provided drinks and energy bars and Graham Goode Motors provided the support vehicle which took them home.
On why he wanted to raise money for Spinal Research, the former British Paralympian said: “It is a cause close to my heart because I know there are a lot of people worse off than me. I am one of the lucky few with my condition, who can still walk, and I show this by supporting those who can’t. I swore I’d never EVER do it again, but I am too easily persuaded!”
But it didn’t stop there!
Having just completed his handcycle challenge, Pete quickly set his mind to a new objective, motivated in knowing that his hard work would greatly help the spinal cord injury community.
Pete, who is also a 4x World Bench Press Champion then went on to bench press a set of 60kg continually over a period of 6 hours, in aid of Spinal Research.
He was joined by some of the world’s strongest disabled athletes. The group’s target was 72 sets of 10 repetitions at 60kg, which took the group a total of 6 hours and 30 minutes to complete.
“I’m thinking of making August Bank Holiday Saturday ‘International benching day’”, the athlete joked upon completion of the incredible challenge.
“It was awesome doing this with great friends from the disabled strongman world”, added Darren Greenfield, who joined the world champion in the fundraising event.
This takes the total raised by Pete to over £5,000 for Spinal Research. The next challenge sees Pete going to Iceland and defend his World Champion Title!
“Pete is a true gentleman and we are all so proud at Spinal Research to have Pete representing the charity and showing what is possible if you put your mind to it. As well as inspiring others to support Spinal Research he has raised thousands of pounds for spinal cord injury research, giving hope to so many people affected by paralysis.” Louise Wheeler, Community Fundraising Manager at Spinal Research.
For more information about Pete Linnett go to his Instagram @petelinnett_power or to donate, www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pete-linnett1