Father and son in epic ride to thank medical staff

Cycling duo John Allman and his son Jonathan Allman.'Picture by Jane Coltman
Cycling duo John Allman and his son Jonathan Allman.'Picture by Jane Coltman
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A father seriously injured in a cycling accident has taken part in an epic ride to thank medical staff who saved his life.

John Allman, of Shiremoor, was hit by a car in Blyth while out cycling with his son Jonathan, 15, last August.

It was the biggest cycling event I had done since the accident.

John Allman

The 42-year-old was left unconscious and suffering from 12 broken ribs, ten fractured ribs and a punctured lung but Jonathan, who has learning difficulties, dialled 999 and flagged down cars for help.

The pair got back on their bikes and completed a ride from Berwick to Tynemouth last Saturday to raise money for the Newcastle Healthcare Charity, which supports patients at Newcastle’s RVI where John was treated.

They were joined by friends Colin Tupman and Andrew Ramsey while Calibre provided the support vehicles. There was also additional help from Start Cycles in Newcastle, Dixon Cycles and CJ Performance in Cramlington.

John, who has so far raised £185 with donations still coming in, said: “Without the hospital staff I wouldn’t be here.

“It was the biggest cycling event I had done since the accident.

“The consultants and doctors said I wouldn’t be back on my bike until before Christmas this year. But I proved to myself that I could do it if I pushed myself.

“I started training for this last October but was just doing ten miles a week. I gradually built it up but still only did around 50 miles at most, nothing like the 70 miles for this.

“I’m now looking at other events to raise money, and may cycle from Leeds to York.”

He added: “I’ve still got nerve damage down my left side which may take a year to heal.”

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/john-allman/