A BRAVE cyclist has completed a 52-mile challenge for a little boy despite cracking two ribs just days before his big moment.
Graeme Cadas, 42, from the Bishop Cuthbert area of Hartlepool, tackled the Great Manchester Bike Race to support Blackhall youngster Bradley Lowery, who is battling rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma.
But it was not all smooth runnings for Graeme, who works as the employer engagement manager at JobCentre Plus in Hartlepool.
He said: “It was amazing but I cracked a rib while I was football training with a week to go.”
Graeme said the injury happened when he was tackling a teammate and he collided with his colleague.
“It was really painful! This was two weeks before the race.”
X-rays at the One Life Hartlepool confirmed Graeme had two cracked ribs. He said: “I was gutted but no way was I going to quit. Painkillers and determination kept me going
Determined Graeme vowed to battle on and did the 52 mile race in three hours and 26 minutes, averaging 17 miles per hour.
Graeme said: “The amount raised to date is a staggering £1205. I have had amazing support.”
The Great Manchester Bike Race was a mass participation event in which people could tackle one of three distances on a 13-mile city-based circuit.
It was all done within Manchester and the neighbouring borough of Trafford.
It saw cyclists start and finish at the Etihad campus which is home to Manchester City Football Club.
Nearly eight thousand riders took to the streets and they included everyone from elite cyclists to amateur riders.
Thousands of them were raising money for worthy causes, including Graeme who provided a great boost for Bradley.
A fund has been set up to raise £500,000 for further treatment for Bradley, who lives in Blackhall with his parents Gemma, 31, and Carl, 30, and 12-year-old brother Kieran.
Battling Bradley, who was named as one of the Children of Courage at this year’s Pride of Hartlepool awards, was diagnosed with childhood cancer neuroblastoma early last year.
Graeme said the pain he felt was nothing compared to the bravery that Bradley has shown in his health battle.