Three young men have completed Preston’s landmark Guild Wheel – despite having significant disabilities.
Josh Beardsworth, 17, Peter Myerscough, 18, and 16-year-old Matthew Weyer tackled the 21-mile off-road circular route in five stages, despite having never cycled long distances before.
Josh had previously not ridden for more than a mile on his adapted tricycle, and has only mastered walking unaided in the past couple of years.
The three young men know each other from visits to Maplewood House, Lancashire County Council’s overnight break centre in Bamber Bridge.
They decided to cycle the 21 mile Guild Wheel as part of the Gateway Award scheme run by national disability charity Mencap.
Tracey Morris, centre manager, said: “All of us at Maplewood are so unbelievably proud of what the boys have achieved and can’t wait to support them in their next adventure.
“Throughout the stages not only have the boys become much more confident, safety-aware cyclists, they have learnt how work together as a team, supporting each other all the way and are incredibly proud of themselves and eachother.
“They have become the best of friends throughout the challenge and will talk endlessly about their adventures to anyone who will listen.
“ All three lads are well on their way to completing their Bronze Mencap Gateway Awards and it is fantastic to see the extent to which they are all developing, maturing and taking control of their own lives through doing this award.”
Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “What an achievement. The Guild Wheel is a real challenge. Well done to the lads – I’m proud of them.”