Tandem riders saddle up in the name of a good cause

Tandem and solo cycle ride for the partially sighted, from Mytholmroyd to Cragg Vale. Front, From the left, paralympian Steve Bart, organiser Jane Brown and Brendan Kelly from Walthew House.
Tandem and solo cycle ride for the partially sighted, from Mytholmroyd to Cragg Vale. Front, From the left, paralympian Steve Bart, organiser Jane Brown and Brendan Kelly from Walthew House.
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A partially sighted woman tackled Cragg Vale on a tandem to send out a clear message - don’t let a disability get in your way.

Jane Brown, 54. was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease when she was 38 years old, but has been determined not to let the condition limit the life she leads.

And riding Cragg Vale - the longest continuous ascent in England - was one way to do this, and raise awareness.

Jane, who lives in Mytholmroyd and is a former Deputy Mayor of Hebden Royd, decided to tackle the route after hearing about Stockport-based charity Walthew House, who are planning a ride from Manchester to Blackpool with blind and partially sighted people.

The group ride also had a VIP guest in the form of 2016 paralympian cyclist Steve Bate.

“It was fantastic, it was really good, everybody really enjoyed it. It was great to have Steve there, he gave lots of encouragement,” Jane said.

“As a group we wanted to to let people know that it isn’t the end of the world when you are diagnosed with a disability.You can still do things.”

Jane is now hoping to get some sponsorship for Walthew’s House Manchester to Blackpool ride.