Windermere man disabled after falls completes coast-to-coast challenge (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Windermere man disabled after falls completes coast-to-coast challenge
A Windermere man who escaped death when he fell 40 metres off a mountain has crossed the finish line of an epic and gruelling challenge.
Joe Beaumont cannot walk after breaking all the bones on the right hand side of his body when he plummeted from a crag at Eskdale nearly two years ago.
But this week the 34-year-old former extreme sports enthusiast completed the 200-mile Coast 2 Coast Recumbent Challenge and raised more than £2,000 for the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team (MRT).
The volunteer rescuers scrambled to Joe’s aid and saved his life in a one-and-a-half hour rescue.
Joe is in pain daily and his life has had his life turned upside down by the accident, which saw him go from an extreme sportsman to being unable to walk in one slip.
But he says: “It feels immensely powerful to complete this ride. It raised money, awareness but also provided me with a focus.
“As a climber I have become trained in overcoming what I thought previously impossible. This journey provided me with that.”
Joe, who was a tree surgeon before his accident, was unable to train very much for the challenge but took part in the Mytriclub's Kendal Sprint Triatlon and swam 500 metres.
“As soon as I had a bit of mobility I pushed it because I want to be positive and drive forward. I also want to raise as much money as possible for Wasdale MRT, to say thank you for all the incredible work they do and to ensure they can always be there in times of people’s need,” he said.
Joe cycled for eight days on his recumbent trike with his twin brother John and their Hungarain Vizlas dogs, Bodhi and Jeb and finished in Wasdale on Saturday.
“Physically this was the most difficult endurance challenge I had ever undertaken. Even before my disabilities,” he said.
“To keep going took a huge amount of positivity, digging deep and being supported every step of the way by friends and family and everyone we met along the way.
“To round the Corner and see the finish line at the Wasdale head Inn and a huge crowd, I knew then the true scale of what I has accomplished,” he added.
He said that the generosity of people he met along the road was ‘humbling’ and said: “I feel very proud that given my circumstance, I am still in a position to be an inspiration to others.”
Joe said that it had been a ‘deeply cathartic’ journey and will now spend the next couple of months in hospital having corrective surgery on his leg.
He is hosting an exhibit at Wilf's Cafe in Staveley of photographic work he has taken since his accident and all proceeds are for Wasdale MRT.