AN INTREPID charity fund raiser’s attempt to navigate the coastline of Britain on a bicycle has had to be put on hold after he was involved in a serious road traffic accident in Wales.
Dr Chris Stockdale was lucky to escape with his life after the terrifying accident near Carmarthen last Tuesday.
Dr Stockdale had just spent two days in Wales cycling and was setting off for another day in the saddle when disaster struck.
At around 8am he was wheeling his bicycle across the busy A40 dual carriageway when it was struck by a car travelling at around 70mph.
“It was a really nasty accident - I was thrown into the air and dislocated my shoulder,” said Dr Stockdale, who lives in Tanworth-in-Arden, and is attempting to raise thousands for the West Midlands Breast Group Research Fund and Macmillan Cancer Support by completing a 4,500 circuit of Britain on two wheels.
“If I had been just a fraction further back it would have been very different and I would have been taken down the road at 70mph.
“As it was the woman driver struck the bike, rotating it, which threw me into the air and I hit the ground. At first my arm was pain free, which lasted for about 10 minutes then it really started hurting. I can now understand how people walk away from accidents.”
Dr Stockdale also believes his cycle panniers helped to protect him but told how he nearly did not have them with him.
Two friends from the Midlands who had met up with him on the Welsh leg of his marathon charity ride had offered to take them into Carmarthen for him.
“It was a real stroke of luck as the car hit the panniers which acted like an airbag. If I hadn’t had them I can’t think what might have happened.”
Dr Stockdale set off from Tower Bridge in London on July 31, travelling up the east coast and around Scotland and had completed more than 2,500 miles when disaster struck. He is hopeful of getting back in the saddle in mid February.
“I am definitely going back but the timetable has changed,” he added.
Anyone wishing to sponsor Dr Stockdale can send cheques (payable to Monkspath Rotary Club 1595) to Dr C Stockdale, 5 Bellfield, Tanworth-in-Arden, Solihull B94 5AW.
Alternatively visit www.justgiving.com/dr-chris-stockdale.