Cyclist with epilepsy first Brit to complete indoor ultra marathon

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3rd July 2017 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

A cyclist with epilepsy has become the first British rider to complete a 12-hour indoor track ultra marathon.

Katie Ford, 31, cycled 1,226 laps at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome during her run, clocking up an incredible 190 miles in the process.

The 31-year-old, who was diagnosed aged four, is the first British rider ever to take on the challenge.

Cheering her on were Paralympic gold medallist Gordon Reid MBE and Glasgow Warriors players Lee Jones and Ratu Tagive.

I am absolutely over the moon. I can’t believe I’ve done it

Katie was hoping to beat the 12-hour indoor track female world record held by Anna Mei but fell short of the impressive Italian’s 247.6 miles.

However, her efforts see her come away with two world records and one British record, pending verification from governing bodies the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association and Guinness World Records.

Katie took on the challenge to raise awareness around epilepsy and hopes her 12-hours in the saddle will help to remove the stigma associated with the condition.

She said: “I feel ecstatic, I am absolutely over the moon. I can’t believe I’ve done it.

“It really was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done but thinking about everything the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity and Epilepsy Action has done for me and all the amazing children and young people they support helped me get through the darkest times in the saddle. 

“I’m passionate about showing what people living with epilepsy are capable of and helping to banish the stigma associated with the condition.”