A man who lost the use of his legs in a motorbike crash has hand-cycled the Berlin Marathon to support the organisation which saved his life.
Sean Love, from Cramlington, completed the 26-mile event last weekend and raised more than £1,600 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).
The 43-year-old peddled the three wheel hand-cycle with his arms and finished the race in one hour, 30 minutes.
The father-of-three said: “When I was told I couldn’t walk again there was a real sense of hopelessness, but driving to the airport, getting on the plane and being at the start line was the best feeling in the world.”
Starting and finishing at the Brandenburg Gate, the BMW Berlin Marathon attracted more than 40,000 athletes.
Sean said: “There was a great feeling of camaraderie being side by side with other athletes and wheelchair users.
“The air ambulance came to my rescue when I needed their help most. Since then, I have wanted to raise money as a way of thanks, and it was fantastic.”
Sean came off his bike while riding between Alston and Brampton, Cumbria, in 2011, after losing control of the bike and careering into a wall.
He broke his back in three places, fractured his ribs and sustained a punctured lung.
GNAAS medics treated Sean on scene and then flew him to Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary.
He remained in intensive care for two weeks before being transferred to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.
Afterwards, he spent six months in spinal ward rehabilitation.
To donate to Sean’s total visit www.createanddonate.co.uk/to/2013-berlin-handcycle-marathon/