320-mile bike ride challenge

Carl Schumacher, who is pictured with his daughter Jessica, will be cycling from Market Weighton to Edinburgh for Coeliac UK.
Carl Schumacher, who is pictured with his daughter Jessica, will be cycling from Market Weighton to Edinburgh for Coeliac UK.

A Market Weighton man is preparing for his latest fundraising feat in aid of the national charity Coeliac UK.

Carl Schumacher, 39, will be cycling from Market Weighton to Edinburgh – his latest challenge following his three year old daughter Jessica’s diagnosis of coeliac disease.

He will be travelling a total of 320 miles in four days starting on Sunday 5 August, clocking up 80 miles a day.

Mr Schumacher has already run the Virgin London and Copenhagen marathons this year in aid of the charity.

Mr Schumacher said: “Jessica was diagnosed with coeliac disease when she was 18 months old.

“She spent a lot of time in and out of hospital, vomited most days, and couldn’t keep her food down.

“She lost a lot of weight and went from being a child who was full of energy and was just about to start walking to a child that sat down and didn’t move all day.

“I am very happy to do my bit to raise awareness of coeliac disease and if it means that just one more person thinks that it’s worth getting tested as a result then that would be fantastic!”

For his final challenge, which will take place in September, he will be walking the 15 miles from Robin Hood’s Bay to Scarborough along with eight work colleagues from Natwest Mentor.

Mr Schumacher said: “The cycle ride is what I am fearing and looking forward to most.

“I will be doing the journey on my own and is massively out of my comfort zone as I only cycle about five miles a week.

“At the same time I am very excited about the people that I meet along the way and the coastlines that I’ll get to explore. I am also looking forward to finishing outside Edinburgh Castle.”

Coeliac UK Chief Executive Sarah Sleet said: “We are so thankful for the support of people like Carl who are helping us raise much needed awareness of coeliac disease and the need for early diagnosis and we wish him luck for his forthcoming challenges.”

To sponsor Mr Schumacher, visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CarlSchumacher1 for the cycling challenge and https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-buck2 for the walk

Coeliac UK is the national charity for people who need to live gluten free and is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. Coeliac disease is a serious autoimmune condition caused by a reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

People diagnosed with coeliac disease must maintain a strict gluten free diet for the rest of their life if they are to avoid very serious complications such as osteoporosis, infertility, neurological conditions and although rare, small bowel cancer.

The charity urges anyone that has ongoing symptoms to visit their GP, visit the charity’s website at www.coeliac.org.uk, or ring their team on 0333 332 2033.