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Reporter pushes pain barrier in 200-mile bike ride

Numb bum and stiff knees were the order of the day for a South Wales reporter who cycled 200 miles in just two days.

Ben Wright, from the South Wales Evening Post, joined two fundraisers on their epic journey in memory of Swansea Valley couple Ben and Catherine Mullany who were fatally shot during their honeymoon in Antigua last July.

Ben’s uncle Michael Meredith and his friend Terry Maloney had already completed a six-day walk from South Wales to Prestatyn, on the north coast, where they were joined by reporter Ben for the cycle home.

Ben said: “When Michael and Terry asked me if I wanted to join them on a 200-mile bike ride, my mouth was engaged before my brain had time to think. Still, I had to take this on.

“Not only was it for a good cause but sometimes it’s good to tackle something that’s a long way outside of your comfort zone.

“By the end of the first day we had been in the saddle for 13 hours. I was shattered, not just physically, but mentally too.

“Come day two, my knee decided it wasn’t having any more of this and wanted out, within 500 yards of leaving Rhayader.

“But thanks to Michael and Terry’s dogged determination, they kept me going.”

Ben suffers from a rare kidney problem which gave him added incentive to complete the 200-mile challenge which ended at Morriston Hospital, in Swansea, where Ben Mullany died a week after the shooting.

After the couple’s deaths, The Mullany Fund was set up to give financial help to medical students with over £3,000 being raised from this adventure alone.

“It was the toughest thing I have ever done. But the money raised for The Mullany Fund makes these minor aches worth it,” Ben added.

  • See The Mullany Fund website for more information.
  • Ben (left) with Michael Meredith and Terry Maloney setting off from Prestatyn