Guy Matin has put an end to his intended record setting attempt due to an injury.
The athlete who had been on an adventure to set a new record of cycling the entire length of Britain’s coastline has suffered an Achilles tendon injury, forcing him to abandon his quest.
Martin has had high hope of beating the current record, which Nick Sanders had set in 1984 by attempting to ride the 4,802-mile coastal route in 20 days, a feat that took Sanders 22 days to complete. Unfortunate he pulled his Achilles tendon earlier on in his attempt and had to cancel.
The multitalented athlete who is a motorcycle racer as well as a TV presenter had managed to make a good start on Sunday, December 5 and he had covered the 800 miles distance from Grimsby to John O’Groats in just four days.
“Well, it’s not gone quite to plan,” Martin wrote on his blog on Wednesday.
“I badly pulled my Achilles tendon on the left side after a day or so but thought I’d just get my head down and work through it. I kept good miles up and got to John O’Groats from Grimsby in 4 days and 8 hours, about 800 miles,” he added.
Unfortunately, he pulled his Achilles tendon, and despite his resolve to ride through the pain, he eventually decided to abandon the record attempt to prevent any long lasting injury.
“But my leg was getting worse and I thought I could keep going and maybe do the whole lot in 30 days but I knew I’d be jiggered for a long time after and maybe even have serious long-term damage, which would mean I couldn’t do the serious cycle trip I’ve got in my head for next year.”
Before he started the record breaking attempt, he had hinted that he was not in the best of shape, saying it wasn’t the best time of year.