Unicyclist battles cramp on five-hour charity ride from Shifnal to Shrewsbury

Super cyclist Charlie Parker found a wheelie unusual way of raising money for charity as he unicycled his way from Shifnal to Shrewsbury.

Unicyclist battles cramp on five-hour charity ride from Shifnal to Shrewsbury

Charlie, 25, started his challenge at noon yesterday from the Square Clock in Shifnal, before travelling down the A5 and arriving at The Square in the centre of Shrewsbury five hours later.

He completed his challenge with two stops along the way as he battled a flat tyre and cramp, raising £800 for Little Bridge Children's Hospice, in Devon, and Billy Rose Treefront, a charity which plants apple trees across Shropshire.

Charlie, who is from Shifnal, said: "These two causes are really close to my heart, as the children's hospice looked after my best friend's daughter when she was seriously ill, and I strongly believe in the conservation of our environment.

"The money raised will go to planting more apple trees in a conservation garden and the other half will go to the hospice."

The first leg of the journey went seamlessly for Charlie, as he arrived at his first checkpoint pain-free and his unicycle in good condition.

However, on the second and third legs he fell off twice and suffered a flat tyre after riding through thorns. He also found himself battling pain barrier as the 18-mile journey took its toll and cramp set in.

But after some hasty repairs, a large quantity of sugar and some vigorous stretches, Charlie got back on and completed the journey just before 5pm.

"I don't think I'll be riding it for as long a distance again," he said. "This has been incredibly painful, but it is worth it for two great causes."

Along his route, Charlie was encouraged by other road-users. He said: "I've had a few congratulatory beeps and cheers from passing cars and lorries."

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