Worksop: Man who was told he needed a wheelchair stuns doctors by going on to cycle 1,707 miles for charity

Scott Stretton (right) with friend Gary Willoughby
Scott Stretton (right) with friend Gary Willoughby

A Worksop man who was told he needed a wheelchair due to a serious leg injury has defied his doctors by cycling over 1,707 miles for charity since 2011.

Scott Stretton, 45, of Kilton Road, injured his leg during a battle training programme and was told by doctors he would either need a wheelchair or a serious operation to get around.

He has since gone on to prove them wrong by cycling 1,707 miles over three years, raising money for charities such as Help For Heroes, the Red Cross and St John’s.

Mr Stretton said: “When I was told by doctors that I would need a wheelchair or an operation, I opted out of both and decided to prove them wrong.”

“I heard that cycling was low impact and could strengthen my leg, so I gave it a go.”

“Now, long distance cycling is like a holiday for me, and raising money for charities is so rewarding.”

One of Mr Stretton’s routes included a gruelling journey from John O’ Groats to Lands End- a total of around 874 miles.

His latest trip will be a 115 mile cycle from Worksop to London with friend Gary Willoughby, a approx 200 mile route that will take the pair three days to complete.

“We store our gear in small trailers on the back of our bikes and with permission will be camping in fire stations overnight,” said Mr Stretton.

“I can’t wait to get on my bike again.”