Shropshire Star

Shropshire man cycling 130 miles back to the family home in mammoth challenge for Diabetes UK

A Shropshire man who was told by doctors he was at risk of losing limbs after a type 2 diabetes diagnosis is taking on a mammoth cycling challenge for charity.

Craig and Chris. Photo by Joanne Barlow and Gina Baughurst

Carl Barlow, who lives in Hinstock near Market Drayton, will be cycling back to the place where he grew up in Carmarthenshire, South Wales, this weekend.

He will be joined by his neighbour Chris Baughurst for the 130-mile door-to-door challenge to Blaenau which will take them approximately 14 hours to complete.

Carl has worked as a prison officer for the last 31 years and runs part-time ghost tours around The Dana, or Shrewsbury Prison. He has four children and seven grandchildren.

The 52-year-old fell ill while on holiday in Cyprus last November and was unsure what the cause of it was, putting it down to fatigue from snorkelling.