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Charity challenge abandoned after fundraiser knocked out

Bournemouth Echo: Mike Denny Mike Denny

A HAMPSHIRE fundraiser was forced to abandon a 675-mile sponsored walk after being knocked out in an accident.

Mike Denny, 63, is head of fundraising at Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington and was hoping to raise £35,000 for the complex by walking from Minehead to the New Forest.

But he was hit by a cyclist after completing just two days of the gruelling challenge.

Mr Denny said: “The collision was pretty hard. I went through a hedge and straight into a drystone wall, which knocked me out.”

The fundraiser was taken to Barnstaple Hospital with severe concussion. He was confident of restarting the walk after a few days but was diagnosed with labyrinthitis and was advised to abandon the walk.

He said: “I was very disappointed and upset but the vertigo and dizziness were very disconcerting. We had no choice but to suspend the challenge.

“I'd been through all the possibilities beforehand, like twisting an ankle or breaking a leg but never even considered that a cyclist would ride straight into me.”

Mr Denny is now planning a 100-mile walk from Bridport to Lymington in August.

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10:22am Fri 27 Jun 14

mmmmmmm says...

Shoulda bin wearin hi viz and a helmet...
Shoulda bin wearin hi viz and a helmet... mmmmmmm
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10:42am Fri 27 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Minehead to the New Forest is 675 miles ???!!!!

Yes, if yo go via Glasgow.
Minehead to the New Forest is 675 miles ???!!!! Yes, if yo go via Glasgow. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -2

12:01pm Fri 27 Jun 14

HDI says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Minehead to the New Forest is 675 miles ???!!!!

Yes, if yo go via Glasgow.
The South West Coast Path is 630 miles from Minehead to South Haven Point. 45 miles to get from there to Lymington sounds about right to me if you're following the coast.

I wish Mike well for his planned alternative.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Minehead to the New Forest is 675 miles ???!!!! Yes, if yo go via Glasgow.[/p][/quote]The South West Coast Path is 630 miles from Minehead to South Haven Point. 45 miles to get from there to Lymington sounds about right to me if you're following the coast. I wish Mike well for his planned alternative. HDI
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12:52pm Fri 27 Jun 14

pete woodley says...

Hard luck Mike,good luck for the future.
Hard luck Mike,good luck for the future. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

3:03pm Fri 27 Jun 14

burgerboy says...

F@@king cyclists yet again.........never their fault is it.
F@@king cyclists yet again.........never their fault is it. burgerboy
  • Score: 1

4:17pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

HDI wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Minehead to the New Forest is 675 miles ???!!!!

Yes, if yo go via Glasgow.
The South West Coast Path is 630 miles from Minehead to South Haven Point. 45 miles to get from there to Lymington sounds about right to me if you're following the coast.

I wish Mike well for his planned alternative.
Ah well, it didn't mention the coastal path in the article. How was anyone without insider knowledge expected to know that was the route ?
[quote][p][bold]HDI[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Minehead to the New Forest is 675 miles ???!!!! Yes, if yo go via Glasgow.[/p][/quote]The South West Coast Path is 630 miles from Minehead to South Haven Point. 45 miles to get from there to Lymington sounds about right to me if you're following the coast. I wish Mike well for his planned alternative.[/p][/quote]Ah well, it didn't mention the coastal path in the article. How was anyone without insider knowledge expected to know that was the route ? Sir Beachy Head
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