Neal Bullock's event ended in him being airlifted to hospital - now he's vowed to complete it
A dad lucky to survive after smashing into a stone wall is going back to the accident scene to complete his charity cycle race.
Neal Bullock, 42, the driving force behind Teesside fundraising group the “Fat Lads on Bikes”, ended up in the very hospital he’s helped raise thousands for, on his birthday, with four broken ribs and a punctured lung after the crash.
The group’s Coast to Coast charity ride came close to ending in tragedy in August last year when the dad-of-three, of Ingleby Barwick, lost control of his bike in heavy downpours while travelling downhill, and slammed head-on into a wall just after Tan Hill.
Neal made the decision to share footage from a camera mounted on his helmet at the time to raise awareness of its life-saving potential, and subsequently launched a campaign over helmet safety.
Neal now plans to return to the point of the harrowing accident - almost a year to the day - to finish off the rest of the ride he was unable to complete at the time.
He said: “Last year I got a lift home early - but this year I’m going back with some of the Lads.
“It’s never felt right that I didn’t complete the ride. I need to do this for personal reasons, mainly going back to that wall and starting from the very point of impact.
It will be emotional but I need to do it.”
Neal, along with some of the other members of the group, will take on a sponsored ride from the point where he hit the wall to Sunderland in a da, a ride of around 60 miles.
They will aim to complete it on August 20 - just one day after the anniversary of the incident - and the day after Neal’s 43rd birthday.
Neal is calling the event his “Unfinished Business Bike Ride”.
All proceeds - as with the original ride - will go to Ward 14 at James Cook University Hospital.
To join in, or find out how to donate, contact Neal on fatladsonbikes14@.