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British Doctors circumnavigate the globe and become our latest Spinal Research Ambassadors

Two British, Queensland-based, emergency and helicopter rescue doctors, Lloyd Collier (29 from Pontyclun, Wales) and Louis Snellgrove (31 from Leeds, England) have successfully cycled around the world on a tandem bike to raise funds for Spinal Research and the Brain Foundation.

Starting and finishing in Adelaide, they cycled through 23 countries, including Russia, Mongolia, India, Spain and the US, and covered over 29,000km. They were fully self-supported and completed the challenge in 283 days, shaving a week off the current Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe by tandem bicycle.

Lloyd’s inspiration came from the love of his uncle Alun, who sustained a spinal cord injury at the same age Lloyd is now. Tragically, Alun passed away whilst they were planning the challenge. Throughout Lloyd’s life, Alun was his hero and he spent most of his childhood with him. Alun attacked life with optimism and humour, he never gave up and never complained and that is what has inspired Lloyd in all aspects of life. As Lloyd says, "No matter how tough life gets, you keep going and be grateful for how lucky you are just to be able to walk every day."

Lloyd Collier and Louis Snellgrove World Tandem

As both of us are doctors, we understand more than most, that behind the treatments, a huge amount goes into the research. We are extremely proud to represent Spinal Research

Lloyd & Louis

Despite having to sleep in their tent, cook on a fire (including in the snow and sub-zero conditions), carry all their own food/water/possessions and battle with the daily elements they still managed to cycle over 100km a day.

They encountered many trials and tribulations on their journey including; being hit by a truck on their first day, robbed at knife point in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, coming face to face with a Siberian brown bear in the Russian wilderness, getting knocked off their bicycle by a selfie taking motorcyclist in India, to name but a few.

They took time out of their busy schedule to visit spinal cord injury labs at the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami and the University of California, San Diego to find out about the sort of work their fundraising efforts will be contributing to.

“We are extremely grateful to Lloyd and Louis for undertaking this monumental challenge in aid of Spinal Research. The awareness they have raised, and the much-needed funds will go a long way to helping us in our work to develop effective treatments for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. We are honoured that they have agreed to become Spinal Research Ambassadors and are already helping us with our Tackling Paralysis rugby campaign.”

Dr Mark Bacon, Executive and Scientific Director, Spinal Research.