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Dominic defies doc for fundraising cycle
A BURY man ignored the advice of his doctor to successfully complete a remarkable 900-mile fundraising cycle ride which took him all the way from Salford to Lourdes in France.
Before he embarked on the challenge, Dominic Hyndman had to lie flat on his back for three days due to sciatica caused by a damaged disc.
After undergoing treatment, however, the 32-year-old decided to go ahead with the 11-day bike journey.
Dominic, of Greenhill Road, Bury, said: “This was against the doctor’s advice.
“I didn’t feel I could pull out, though.”
He was among a seven-strong cycling squad who took part in the gruelling bike ride in aid of the Salford Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage.
They were part of a Salford Diocese group, including families, who were visiting Lourdes. So far, the bikers have raised £7,000 which will be used to help families with sick children to travel to Lourdes.
Dominic, who works as a freelance TV camera grip, said: “The start point was Salford Cathedral.
“We cycled through the UK and got an overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Caen.
“We then cycled north to south and we arrived in Lourdes a week later.
“We cycled an average of between 85 and 90 miles a day.
“The heat and humidity in France was incredible and some days went up to 42 degrees.
“This was combined with some serious hills to climb.
“We also had a support vehicle with us that met us every couple of hours with water and food and carried a spare bike, kit and bag.
“The calorie intake we had was huge, so we could pretty much eat what we wanted, which was good fun.”
He added: “I’m not someone who cycles all the time. I used go out for an hour on a Sunday, but I’m not a keen cyclist which made this quite a challenge.
“After we arrived in Lourdes, we all then volunteered as helpers with sick pilgrims on the pilgrimage.
“The hardest thing was missing my little 21-month-old boy, Joe, and my wife, Rebecca.”
Dominic said of his 900-mile bike journey, added: “I would describe it as the most challenging mental and physical experience of my life, but also the best experience of my life, full of great memories.”
n To contribute to Dominic’s fundraising: visit justgiving. com/Dom-Hyndman while donations of between £1 and £10 can be made by texting 'DOMS80' to 70070.
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