A SPORTING Huddersfield nurse has raised more than £400 for people with learning disabilities in a challenging test of endurance.
Mark Adams, a staff nurse at Lindley Special Care Unit and the 95 Carr Street unit in Huddersfield, took part in the Saab Solomon Mountain Mayhem 24-hour endurance weekend.
The event, held at Eastnor Castle in Hertfordshire, was attended by some of the world's top mountain bikers.
Competitors either ride as a team in relay or on their own over a gruelling, off-road circuit, trying to complete as many laps as possible in 24 hours.
Each lap is no mean feat, being about 12 miles.
Mark rode solo and managed to complete seven laps of the challenging circuit in 24 hours. He covered more than 80 miles in atrocious weather that saw many riders drop out after the first lap.
Mark said: "It was an extremely demanding competition and the weather on the day made it even more difficult.
"Overall, I came 59th out of the 95 solo riders - and finished with a dislocated finger and lots of bruises.
"Raising £400 was a great achievement. It was definitely worth it. I'm working hard now to ride in the competition again next year."
Mark works for the South-West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust.
Lindley Special Care Unit is a day care unit for adults with profound learning disabilities and multiple handicaps.
The 95 Carr Street unit provides respite care for adults with profound learning disabilities and multiple handicaps.
All the money Mark raised will go to the Lindley Special Care Unit and 95 Carr Street Respite Home Parents' Association.
* More information about the Saab Solomon Mountain Mayhem 24-hour endurance weekend can be found by visiting www.ssmm.co.uk