1,000 miles and over £10,000 – Craig has done it!

21 Jun 2019 11:30

Congratulation to blind veteran Craig Lundberg who has completed his Land’s End to John O’Groats cycling challenge.

Craig, a former Corporal in the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, set off on the long journey with sighted pilot Callum Edge on June 11 and the pair cycled for 10 days in a row, going all the way from the bottom to the top of the country.

This is a challenge that Craig didn’t think he’d ever be able to take on after losing his sight during a rooftop battle in Basra in March 2007.

The challenge was very tough with the team having to battle through the terrible wind and rain that hit the country recently. Craig also had to be treated for a knee injury 300 miles in.

“It was a really tough challenge. We had hard rain and strong winds at some point every day. We had to use a lot of pain killers to manage the knee injury and there are obviously the issues you get on your backside riding that many miles a day!”
Blind veteran Craig

Callum said: “You have to remember the difference in taking on a cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats when you have no sight at all. Craig didn’t get to enjoy the beautiful countryside that I and the other riders did so you need extra mental strength to just keep ticking off the miles.

“I would say that the strength of our relationship on the journey has been by far and away the main reason we made it.”

As well as raising money for Blind Veterans UK, Craig, Callum and the rest of the Blind Tandem Challenge team are supporting the charity Vision Aid Overseas which helps children with sight conditions in developing countries.

The team have been supported by the leading convenience store group in the UK, SPAR, to allow them to take on the challenge. They made a stop at a SPAR throughout the journey to top up on food, drinks and moral support.

You can still support Craig and the team by visiting their fundraising page or text bike to 70577 to donate £10.  

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