A NORTHUMBERLAND man will head for the hills to show his thanks to the service that saved his life.
Robert Gibb, who was helped by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) following an accident, has pledged to raise money for the charity by taking part in the Clif Bar Lake District 10-peaks endurance challenge.
He was off-road biking near his home in Eachwick near Ponteland when he hit a stone and was catapulted over the handle bars of his motocross motorbike in 2006.
He sustained a depressed skull fracture and GNAAS airlifted him to Newcastle General Hospital, where he spent 15 days, having four plates fitted in his head.
The challenge is a non-stop run and hike over the 10 highest peaks in Cumbria’s Lake District. The terrain of this area makes it one of the UK’s hardest one-day ultra-distance events.
The course covers approximately 73km, with more than 5,600m of ascent, and is designed to challenge even the toughest competitors.
Mr Gibb said: “There is a really good chance I wouldn’t be here today if the air ambulance hadn’t got to me so quickly.
“I was able to get back on my bike again after 10 months and continued to race up until last year. The course is steep and brutal. I would like to get further into the peaks for training when the days start getting longer as it’s tough to find enough daylight hours in the winter.
“I would also like to thank all the instructors at Matfen Hall Gym and Kirkley Cycles for their support in preparation for my challenge and TopNik Sports Therapy who have helped me loads with injury prevention.”
The 28-year-old, who owns an engineering company, swims one mile every morning and both runs and cycles around 40 miles a week in preparation for the event in June.
Those who would like to sponsor him can do so by going to his JustGiving page – www.justgiving.com/robert-gibb