Ex-Riponian visits city on epic cycle ride

Amanda Nelson with support driver Tim Hawkins, Mayor's serjeant Geoffrey Johnson, Mayor Mick Stanley, and Mark Swindells and Neil Dunkley.
Amanda Nelson with support driver Tim Hawkins, Mayor's serjeant Geoffrey Johnson, Mayor Mick Stanley, and Mark Swindells and Neil Dunkley.

A former school pupil from Ripon has ridden through the city on a Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride raising money for charity.

Amanda Nelson (née Rock), 43, a former Ripon City School pupil, is riding the 1,140-mile distance on a recumbent tricycle to raise funds for research into Complex Region Pain Syndrome (CRPS) – a condition she was diagnosed with three years ago.

CRPS, a rare and incurable neurological disorder, severely affects Amanda’s mobility leaving her unable to walk without the aid of crutches or wheelchair for anything further than a few yards.

When she was diagnosed with CRPS, Amanda –who now lives in Wiltshire – thought she would never be able to cycle again until March 2011 when she was lent a tandem by the charity Charlotte’s Tandems.

After only her second ride out, Amanda – who cycles using only her right leg – decided she needed to challenge herself and not be beaten by CRPS.

The former Riponian stopped off in Ripon on Friday, September 20, after setting off from Land’s End on September 9, staying the night in Ripon at Sleningford Watermill Caravan Park. She hopes to complete the journey in 17 days.

Amanda was able to meet old friends and was welcomed by the Mayor of Ripon, Coun Mick Stanley, as well as Mark Swindells and Neil Dunkley of Moonglu on Blossomgate who carried out repairs and servicing of her tricycle.

For further details on her challenge, follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Amanda_CRPS. To make a donation go to www.justgiving.com/Amanda-Nelson1