Injured soldier riding for Help for Heroes

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A solider and biker who lost both legs and an arm in an explosion in Afghanistan will be leading a procession of other bikers on a specially-adapted trike from Lands End to John O’Groats, and they want others to join them along the way.

The trip is called The Numbumrun and will take place during the August Bank Holiday weekend, with solider Andy Reid riding a trike supplied by Boom Trikes and escorted by two others on Piaggio scooters leant to them by Millenium Motorcycle Centre in St Helens.

The riders will take five days to cover the 800-odd miles with around 200 miles per day the target, with all of the cash raised going to Help for Heroes – the charity that helps injured service personnel.

Organiser Cliff Williams told MCN: “Andy Reid was serving in Afghanistan in October 2009 and stood on a pressure plate which initiated an IED resulting in him losing both legs and his right arm.

“Andy was a keen motorcyclist before this incident so it seems very fitting to help him to help us raise money for Help for Heroes and in turn this is helping Andy come to terms with his injuries.

"Although this will be hard work for even the able bodied riders, it’s going to represent a huge milestone for Andy making his way towards some sort of normality.

"We intend to ride on a publicised route and are asking other bike clubs to ride along with us for that days stage of the event.”

Any riders or clubs which want to join the run can find details at

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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter