Another successful Triangle Series ended with the 30 mile championships on September 9th and two days later many of us were entertained by Sheldon’s review of the year at the Triangle awards evening at The Wharfedale.
Tom Broadley was crowned Triangle points champion for the second year in succession but sadly Tom’s greatest rival, his dad Stephen, was missing after being seriously hurt in an accident during the YCF 50 at the end of June.
Stephen was attended to at the roadside before being flown by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) to James Cook Middlesbrough University Hospital in Middlesbrough to begin his care. Tom has kindly provided an update on Stephen’s progress over the last three months.
“First and foremost as a family we would like to sincerely thank the Great North Air Ambulance Service and everyone involved on the scene that day who helped. They quite simply saved dad’s life. The care that he’s had since has been incredible, so thanks as well to all the NHS staff who have been involved in dad’s recovery.
“We must also extend our gratitude not only to Otley Cycle Club for their support but to the wider cycling community as well; we’ve been blown away by all the well wishes.
“Although it’s a very slow process, we’re glad to be seeing more of dad’s old self coming back. Once more stable after being airlifted to Middlesbrough, dad was transferred to Leeds General Infirmary where he continued his care.
“This week he was moved to Chapel Allerton hospital for more advanced rehabilitation, which is testament to the progress he’s made so far. He’s still got a long way to go but he is going in the right direction. Yesterday he even had the cheek to ask me who pumped my tyres up now he’s not there to do it!”
That is fantastic news and we all wish Stephen well in his continued recovery.
Stephen has been a dedicated Triangle competitor for many years and has been missed. The series generated a surplus this year and as thanks for the care given to him by GNAAS Sheldon has been able to send them a donation of £335 towards the cost of providing this essential service.
If anyone wants to make a donation please see the GNAAS website for details.
27th September 2018