Eye-watering charity unicycle challenge for St Neots fundraiser
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Learning to unicycle for a charity stunt has been an eye-watering experience for Frank Golden.
The 47-year-old father-of-two aims to pedal a mile on one wheel at Grafham Water next month in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
But it’s been a painful process, which ended up with a trip to A&E at Hinchingbrooke Hospital after a crush injury that would make any man wince.
A course of antibiotics followed and he is now back on track, just wearing the same type of protection a cricketer wears when he goes out to bat – and we are not talking about the pads and gloves.
“It didn’t put me off,” he said. “You just have to find a solution to these problems.”
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The idea for the fundraiser came after Mr Golden, who is married to Janet and has two sons, Daniel, 12, and Thomas, nine, received the unicycle as a gift.
“My wife said ‘What do you want for Christmas?’ and I said I didn’t want anything boring like a cardigan, pants or socks, get me something different, so she got me a unicycle.”
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As a novice, Mr Golden, of Hempsals, Eaton Ford, investigated how to go about mastering the art of staying upright. “I’d never been on one before so I was a student of YouTube. I had to find the right height of railing so I drove around looking and found Duloe Village Hall.
“Stage two was Tesco car park, late at night with a shopping trolley. It was floodlit as well.”
He has now moved on to Grafham Water, where at 6pm on Sunday, June 1 he will attempt the mile.
“There was no chance of me doing this three months ago – now there is a chance. With a favourable wind and a few more hours of practice, maybe I could do it without putting my feet down.”
If he does put a foot down, he will be fined each time by colleagues at the printing firm he owns, Print Hut in Little Paxton.
INFORMATION: To support Mr Golden, visit www.justgiving.com/Unicycling-printhut