I am spending six weeks in a sling to raise money for the Bruno Bursary Fund after I broke my arm in a cycling accident whilst training for the Bruno 200.

Cycling down the hill from Gillamoor, Alex and I hit a large patch of oil on the road and both of us took a tumble. Fortunately Alex escaped with only cuts and bruises whilst I partially dislocated and broke my arm in a couple of places, an exceptionally painful experience. The surgeon who saw me at York Hospital, after enquiring tenderly about the state of my bicycle, declared that ‘this was not a good situation for someone of my age’ and promptly whipped me onto an operating table and went to work with a drill and screwdriver to plate and pin my arm.

I should be able to ditch my sling just before the Bruno 200 and will not be fully mended, according to the doctor, until mid July.

Of course I cannot now share the pain of the peloton as it takes on the hills of the Pennines over two days at the end of May. However, I would still ask you to sponsor me in recognition of my somewhat longer period of suffering and immobility.

The Bruno Bursary fund was set up by Jozef and Vivian Mycielski in memory of their son Bruno who died shortly after his premature birth. The fund will help disadvantaged youngsters enjoy the benefits of a first class education at Ampleforth College. The target for the fund is £600,000. It currently stands at £473,000 after the first Bruno cycle challenge, a Rowathon and other events. The Bruno 200 aims to eliminate the shortfall.

You can donate through Just giving at https://www.justgiving.com/sixweeksinasling

A very big thank you for your support.