A DARING mountain biker headed to the French Alps to take on the ‘Mountain of Hell’ race to help spinal injury patients.
John Ferguson, aged 38, from Deepcar, who works for Sheffield Hallam University, was among 700 riders biking down a steep snowy mountain-side at high speed.
John and the other riders started the race on a glacier at 3,400m above sea level and then raced down an unmarked course for an hour-and-a-half.
Jostling for space with other bikers to ride over snow, ice and rocky paths, John made it over the finish line in the village of Venosc.
The daring challenge raised more than £1,000 for the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.
The money which will be used to support patients receiving specialist treatment in the Spinal Injuries Unit at the Northern General Hospital in Fir Vale.
John said: “It’s pretty scary and quite painful as you fall off a lot, but it’s great fun.
“I’ve been biking for over seven years now and there are obvious risks.
“ A close friend came off their bike when we were riding near Ben Nevis and damaged his back quite badly.
“Luckily he has fully recovered but, having witnessed the accident, I wanted to support other people who may not have been as fortunate and need treatment for a serious spinal cord injury.”
John works as a senior designer within the marketing team at Sheffield Hallam University, which is supporting Sheffield Hospitals Charity as its charity of the year.
The team is also walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks to raise money for the charity this Saturday.
Log on to www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/SHUmarketing to sponsor the team.