Heroic CPRS athletes take part in 12 hour cyclathon

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On Monday 2nd November, a group of incredible individuals from CRPS UK set out in the STV to cycle for 12 hours straight.

CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) is a chronic condition which can start as a result of a common minor injury often occuring in sport or everyday activities, such as sprains, strains, burns and cuts. CRPS is then triggered by this minor injury and becomes long lasting and a whole lot more severe and could even result in limbs becoming dysfunctional. The reason for this is thus far unclear, but that’s where the amazing team at CRPS UK come in!

Persevering through the pain of this condition, Amanda Nelson, Kirk Hughes and Hannah Moore, joined by a team of contributing others, spent 12 hours cycling from 8am to 8pm in the STV to raise awareness and funding, in the hope that they can prevent and treat the issue. All 5 of the participants in the challenge are lower-limb CPRS sufferers and used hand cycles to complete the challenge.

The location being significant to the awareness campaign, as these minor injuries can be common within the sports community, which could then lead to CRPS.

Another key name within the operation is Professor Candy McCabe, who not only took the time to cycle with the team, but is a crucial figure in the battle against CRPS at CRPS UK.

Rosie Lawrence, our disability sport coordinator helped organise the event and afterwards said, “CRPS sufferers deal with pain on levels I can’t imagine on a daily basis but stay positive and cheerful, even after 12 hours and 100 miles on an arm cycle! They were truly inspiring today and I can’t congratulate them enough for making it through the day. Thank you to everyone who helped out and donated!”.

All the money raised will help sufferers of CRPS with the cost of traveling to and from the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath meaning they will be able to make their appointments and get the treatment they need.

For more information about the cyclathon and CPRS in general, visit https://www.gofundme.com/cycling4crps2015

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