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Hats off to Martyn

Martyn Sibley completed his marathon wheelchair journey this week from John O'Groats in Scotland to Lands End in Cornwall - that's an incredible 874 miles, racking up to 40 miles in any one day in his electric wheelchair.

Just one month after his departure, Martyn arrived at his destination having driven himself the whole way while his girlfriend cycled alongside.

They encountered a mix of conditions including the inescapable driving rain and strong winds in some of the more exposed areas.

Martyn who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy made the trip to raise money for charities but also to prove that with the right kit disabled people can be incredibly independent and can achieve incredible things as his journey points out.

His powerchair suffered mechanical failure towards the end of his journey forcing them to make a diversion to South Wales for a free repair by the manufacturers. Other encounter included numerous near misses by impatient car drivers trying to pass them on some of the smaller roads.

Martin and his partner both celebrated their 30th birthdays prior to the trip and are both very thrilled to have completed the trip having made so many memories and encountered much of the beautiful landscape of Britain.
Martyn has always had big goals and has a habit of achieving them ! Including globetrotting in his mobility car with trips to Lithuania and Czechoslovakia in recent years.

As editor to the Disability Horizon magazine Martyn has a busy life but continues to do great things to raise the profile of disabled people and was assisted on this mission by the National Lotteries Big Lottery to keep the spirit of the 2012 Paralympics.

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