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Martin Symons

Coast to Coast 10th Anniversary Ride 2019

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My story

[p]In 2009, I drove my ‘Boma’ (a battery powered off-road wheelchair) across England raising money for the Nation's leading respiratory unit. I thought this would be my final challenge as I had just recovered after 8 years of severe respiratory collapse. Today, nearly 10 years on and a number of further ‘final challenges’, I plan to re-visit Hadrian’s Wall and re-cross England in my ‘Boma’. [/p][p] [/p][p]Starting in the last week of June 2019 I will ride ‘Coast to Coast’ from Bowness-on-Solway to South Shields following 105 miles of the Hadrian's Wall cycle route to raise funds for the Lane Fox Respiratory Unit Patients’ Association (Guy’s & St Thoma’ Charity)at St Thomas's Hospital, Scoliosis Association UK and Cancer Research UK. [/p][p] [/p][p]About me [/p][p][br][/p][p]I have a rare condition called Klippel-Feil Syndrome which creates a fusion in the cervical spine. Depending on the area of fusion, there can be related congenital conditions. In my case, I was born with a cleft palate, hearing loss, underbite, short neck with webbing, painless restriction of cervical movement, scoliosis, kyphosis and a non-severe aplastic anemia.[/p][p][br][/p][p]My whole life has been a challenge, but I have tried not to let my condition deter me from tackling journeys which many able-bodied people would struggle. I have already attempted to trek to Everest Base Camp, summitted Ben Nevis and Snowdon, and canoed down the River Miño in Spain, raising many thousands of pounds for charity. However, since 2008 I am less able to trek or canoe as the physical aspects of these activities are now beyond me but ‘Boma’ powered adventures are still within my capabilities. Please visit my website for more information www.martinsymons.co.uk[/p][p]The Boma[/p][p]In 2004 Molten Rock Ltd. developed the ‘Boma’, a fantastic off-road wheelchair. They loaned me a Boma for my 2009 challenge and I subsequently acquired my own machine which has carried me on many adventures over the last few years. Molten Rock has been taken over by Equal Adventure who now make the Boma 7. [/p][p]The Challenge[/p][p]I will cross England from Bowness-on-Solway in the west to South Shields in the east, 105 miles from coast to coast. I will spend up to 5 hours in the ‘saddle’ each day covering between 17 and 24 miles. I have a support crew of 15 cyclists and the journey will take me 7 days. I will require a full 8 hours on a ventilator each night to recover enough strength for the following day’s adventure.[/p][p]Documentary Film[/p][p]Lou Hamilton from ‘Create Lab’ along with Paul Lang as cameraman, produced an award-winning documentary ‘Being Martin’ about my life and the 2009 Coast to Coast Challenge. A short version can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THtBMvM95pw[/p][p][br][/p]

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Jun 14, 2019



May 28, 2019


Hope you have plenty of fun. Wishing you lots of luck Martin.

May 21, 2019


Good luck Martin x

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 8, 2019



May 4, 2019

Kath Jones

Best of luck for your Boma adventures. Hope you get good weather too.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 2, 2019


This guy. When the rest of us are living life as an investment, he's living it like a party. Role model.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 1, 2019

Peter Piper

For you and a Twitter friend


May 1, 2019


Hi Martin, I too have Klippel-fiel syndrome with scoliosis and kyphosis and breathing problems and congenital heart condition amongst other things! I wish you well on your adventure!


Apr 26, 2019


Good Luck! I know you will smash it! As you always do :D

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 25, 2019

Daniella Davey

Good luck!!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid