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Cheltenham Man Completes John O’Groats To Land’s End Route In Wheelchair

April 18, 2023

    A man has completed a challenge to travel from John O’Groats to Land’s End in what is believed to be the world’s first Formula 1 modified wheelchair.

    Adam Stanton-Wharmby, from Cheltenham, has cerebral palsy and his wheelchair was upgraded by the Mercedes Formula 1 team to help him complete the route.

    He raised almost £3,000 for the charity Whizz-Kidz through the challenge.

    Mr Stanton-Wharmby finished in 22 days which he believes is a new record but he is awaiting official confirmation.

    Engineers put lithium batteries into the 38-year-old’s wheelchair and took out 70kg of weight to “be faster and go further” and allow him to travel 60 miles or more on a single charge.

    However, it wasn’t all straightforward on the journey.

    “There were many times during this challenge when I thought ‘this is it’, because my chair decided not to work three times,” Mr Stanton-Wharmby told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

    “We found Cornwall Mobility and the wonderful people there helped me get back on the road,” he added.

    Mr Stanton-Wharmby said that completing the challenge, in which he travelled about 874 miles (1,406km), had been difficult.

    “All those hours sitting in one position and really concentrating on where I am driving. It takes it out of you,” he said.

    “When I am actually doing it, I do not notice it, only when I am in bed and I am still sitting in the chair position,” added Mr Stanton-Wharmby.

    His record bid is still pending verification from the Guinness World Records team.

    He said his next goal is to be the first person in a wheelchair to go around every Grand Prix race track on the Formula 1 calendar.

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