Fundraiser vows to complete charity walk after hit-and-run

Fundraiser vows to complete charity walk after hit-and-run

Fundraiser vows to complete charity walk after hit-and-run

First published in News

A LEADING fundraiser has vowed to complete the 675-mile walk he had to abandon after a hit-and-run accident.

Mike Denny is head of fundraising at Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington and was trekking from north Devon to Hampshire when he was hit by a cyclist and knocked unconscious.

He was taken to hospital with severe concussion and then suffered a bout of vertigo and dizziness, forcing him to pull out of the walk.

Last night the 63-year-old father of two pledged to finish the charity challenge in three stages.

Rather than try to find another four-week gap in his schedule, he plans to complete the 100 miles from Bridport to Lymington in August before tackling the other two legs of the walk later this year and next spring.

He told the Daily Echo: “The accident has made me more determined than ever to finish the walk.”

Mr Denny had spent more than a year planning Mike’s Million Steps and was just two-and-a-half days into his month-long journey from Minehead to Lymington, via the South West Coast Path, when disaster struck.

“The start of the walk had gone really well and I was thoroughly enjoying myself,” he said. “I’d just turned off the esplanade at Woolacombe and was walking up a small road when a mountain biker came hurtling around a bend.

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Mr Denny regained consciousness and initially carried on walking but was found by his support team and taken to Barnstaple Hospital.

He was diagnosed with labyrinthitis, ending his hopes of resuming the walk.

“It caused vertigo and dizziness – not ideal when you’re attempting to walk along a narrow coastal path. It even affected me when I was lying down, but it’s cleared up over the past week,” he said.

Mr Denny had hoped to complete the walk today, arriving at Oakhaven’s family fun day.

He said: “I’d been through all the possibilities in my mind beforehand, like twisting an ankle or breaking a leg, but I never even considered that a cyclist would ride straight into me.”

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11:30am Sat 28 Jun 14

ScaredAmoeba says...

As a cyclist I am horrified that a cyclist could have done such a bad thing. Of course bad people do bad things and bad people also walk, ride bikes and drive cars.
As a cyclist I am horrified that a cyclist could have done such a bad thing. Of course bad people do bad things and bad people also walk, ride bikes and drive cars. ScaredAmoeba
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7:38am Sun 29 Jun 14

ScaredAmoeba says...

It is important to remind (or inform) readers that the danger on the footway or verge (pavement) is primarily derived from motor-vehicles.

You may see more pavement cyclists, but they are very rarely a danger to pedestrians. When it comes to pedestrian fatalities, pavement motorists are streets ahead.
Between 2005-2009, pavement motorists killed 151 times the number of pedestrians on the footway or verge (pavement). That was one pedestrian killed by a motor-vehicle every eight days. Whereas the frequency of pedestrians killed on the footway or verge (pavement) for cyclists was one every three years four months. the number.

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It is also important to understand why so many ride on the footway or verge (pavement) rather than the roadway. The reason is quite simply - fear of bad drivers. With motorists who deliberately bully, harass and intimidate cyclists, the ones on their phone, perhaps on Facebook, email etc,, and those who are just incompetent. The reason why that cyclist is on the pavement is because motorists frightened them there.
Don't believe me? Go to YouTube and search for 'motorist bully cyclist', or go ride a bike on the road. You'll soon understand.
It is important to remind (or inform) readers that the danger on the footway or verge (pavement) is primarily derived from motor-vehicles. You may see more pavement cyclists, but they are very rarely a danger to pedestrians. When it comes to pedestrian fatalities, pavement motorists are streets ahead. Between 2005-2009, pavement motorists killed 151 times the number of pedestrians on the footway or verge (pavement). That was one pedestrian killed by a motor-vehicle every eight days. Whereas the frequency of pedestrians killed on the footway or verge (pavement) for cyclists was one every three years four months. the number. -------------------- - It is also important to understand why so many ride on the footway or verge (pavement) rather than the roadway. The reason is quite simply - fear of bad drivers. With motorists who deliberately bully, harass and intimidate cyclists, the ones on their phone, perhaps on Facebook, email etc,, and those who are just incompetent. The reason why that cyclist is on the pavement is because motorists frightened them there. Don't believe me? Go to YouTube and search for 'motorist bully cyclist', or go ride a bike on the road. You'll soon understand. ScaredAmoeba
  • Score: -4

7:45am Sun 29 Jun 14

hamworthygirl says...

Well done Mr Denny and good luck with the walk. Can we please stop the comments and abuse about whether cyclists or cars faults. Its the people that operate these vehicles not the fact that its either cyclist or car drivers. There are also silly pedestrians, not in this case, but people who dodge traffic when there is a crossing a few yards away.
Well done Mr Denny and good luck with the walk. Can we please stop the comments and abuse about whether cyclists or cars faults. Its the people that operate these vehicles not the fact that its either cyclist or car drivers. There are also silly pedestrians, not in this case, but people who dodge traffic when there is a crossing a few yards away. hamworthygirl
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5:08pm Sun 29 Jun 14

ShuttleX says...

ScaredAmoeba wrote:
It is important to remind (or inform) readers that the danger on the footway or verge (pavement) is primarily derived from motor-vehicles.

You may see more pavement cyclists, but they are very rarely a danger to pedestrians. When it comes to pedestrian fatalities, pavement motorists are streets ahead.
Between 2005-2009, pavement motorists killed 151 times the number of pedestrians on the footway or verge (pavement). That was one pedestrian killed by a motor-vehicle every eight days. Whereas the frequency of pedestrians killed on the footway or verge (pavement) for cyclists was one every three years four months. the number.

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It is also important to understand why so many ride on the footway or verge (pavement) rather than the roadway. The reason is quite simply - fear of bad drivers. With motorists who deliberately bully, harass and intimidate cyclists, the ones on their phone, perhaps on Facebook, email etc,, and those who are just incompetent. The reason why that cyclist is on the pavement is because motorists frightened them there.
Don't believe me? Go to YouTube and search for 'motorist bully cyclist', or go ride a bike on the road. You'll soon understand.
I see you don't mention the cyclists who float the Highway Code, who ride with no lights, weave in and out of traffic, who jump off pavements onto the road to get round an obstacle. who take no notice of No Cycling signs etc, the list is endless. Yes some car drivers and idiots, but so are some cyclists. Your post is so biased, it's obvious you are simple a car hater.
[quote][p][bold]ScaredAmoeba[/bold] wrote: It is important to remind (or inform) readers that the danger on the footway or verge (pavement) is primarily derived from motor-vehicles. You may see more pavement cyclists, but they are very rarely a danger to pedestrians. When it comes to pedestrian fatalities, pavement motorists are streets ahead. Between 2005-2009, pavement motorists killed 151 times the number of pedestrians on the footway or verge (pavement). That was one pedestrian killed by a motor-vehicle every eight days. Whereas the frequency of pedestrians killed on the footway or verge (pavement) for cyclists was one every three years four months. the number. -------------------- - It is also important to understand why so many ride on the footway or verge (pavement) rather than the roadway. The reason is quite simply - fear of bad drivers. With motorists who deliberately bully, harass and intimidate cyclists, the ones on their phone, perhaps on Facebook, email etc,, and those who are just incompetent. The reason why that cyclist is on the pavement is because motorists frightened them there. Don't believe me? Go to YouTube and search for 'motorist bully cyclist', or go ride a bike on the road. You'll soon understand.[/p][/quote]I see you don't mention the cyclists who float the Highway Code, who ride with no lights, weave in and out of traffic, who jump off pavements onto the road to get round an obstacle. who take no notice of No Cycling signs etc, the list is endless. Yes some car drivers and idiots, but so are some cyclists. Your post is so biased, it's obvious you are simple a car hater. ShuttleX
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3:29pm Tue 1 Jul 14

FNS-man says...

ShuttleX wrote:
ScaredAmoeba wrote: It is important to remind (or inform) readers that the danger on the footway or verge (pavement) is primarily derived from motor-vehicles. You may see more pavement cyclists, but they are very rarely a danger to pedestrians. When it comes to pedestrian fatalities, pavement motorists are streets ahead. Between 2005-2009, pavement motorists killed 151 times the number of pedestrians on the footway or verge (pavement). That was one pedestrian killed by a motor-vehicle every eight days. Whereas the frequency of pedestrians killed on the footway or verge (pavement) for cyclists was one every three years four months. the number. -------------------- - It is also important to understand why so many ride on the footway or verge (pavement) rather than the roadway. The reason is quite simply - fear of bad drivers. With motorists who deliberately bully, harass and intimidate cyclists, the ones on their phone, perhaps on Facebook, email etc,, and those who are just incompetent. The reason why that cyclist is on the pavement is because motorists frightened them there. Don't believe me? Go to YouTube and search for 'motorist bully cyclist', or go ride a bike on the road. You'll soon understand.
I see you don't mention the cyclists who float the Highway Code, who ride with no lights, weave in and out of traffic, who jump off pavements onto the road to get round an obstacle. who take no notice of No Cycling signs etc, the list is endless. Yes some car drivers and idiots, but so are some cyclists. Your post is so biased, it's obvious you are simple a car hater.
And you are someone who doesn't know the HIghway Code. Cyclists who "weave in and out of traffic" are perfectly entitled to do so, and the HC informs drivers that they are likely to do so.

The difference between dangerous cyclists and dangerous drivers is that a cyclist is on a bike and can do very little damage to others, whereas a car can kill or maim very easily.
[quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ScaredAmoeba[/bold] wrote: It is important to remind (or inform) readers that the danger on the footway or verge (pavement) is primarily derived from motor-vehicles. You may see more pavement cyclists, but they are very rarely a danger to pedestrians. When it comes to pedestrian fatalities, pavement motorists are streets ahead. Between 2005-2009, pavement motorists killed 151 times the number of pedestrians on the footway or verge (pavement). That was one pedestrian killed by a motor-vehicle every eight days. Whereas the frequency of pedestrians killed on the footway or verge (pavement) for cyclists was one every three years four months. the number. -------------------- - It is also important to understand why so many ride on the footway or verge (pavement) rather than the roadway. The reason is quite simply - fear of bad drivers. With motorists who deliberately bully, harass and intimidate cyclists, the ones on their phone, perhaps on Facebook, email etc,, and those who are just incompetent. The reason why that cyclist is on the pavement is because motorists frightened them there. Don't believe me? Go to YouTube and search for 'motorist bully cyclist', or go ride a bike on the road. You'll soon understand.[/p][/quote]I see you don't mention the cyclists who float the Highway Code, who ride with no lights, weave in and out of traffic, who jump off pavements onto the road to get round an obstacle. who take no notice of No Cycling signs etc, the list is endless. Yes some car drivers and idiots, but so are some cyclists. Your post is so biased, it's obvious you are simple a car hater.[/p][/quote]And you are someone who doesn't know the HIghway Code. Cyclists who "weave in and out of traffic" are perfectly entitled to do so, and the HC informs drivers that they are likely to do so. The difference between dangerous cyclists and dangerous drivers is that a cyclist is on a bike and can do very little damage to others, whereas a car can kill or maim very easily. FNS-man
  • Score: -1

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