The Celtic Wiseman Perpetual, 27th May 2018
In 2008, Martin Wiseman was struck down with ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and has been bed bound ever since. For several years his muscle wastage was such that he could not even talk, and his parents were forced to rebuild their home to accommodate his needs. In order to highlight the fact that, 10 years on, Martin is still debilitated by this condition, a team of 5 of his friends will be riding The Celtic Wiseman Perpetual - a gruelling 75 mile cycle ride across Devon and Cornwall - on May 27th. As well as raising the profile of Martin's case, in the hope of capturing additional interest from the medical community, we will be seeking to raise funds for ME Research UK so that additional research can be conducted in this area.
Richard Davies, Aled Edwards, Paul Magee, James Partington, Chris Worsley.
If you are also interested in riding The Celtic Wiseman Perpetual (suitable for experienced Road Riders and an ideal training route for IRONMAN triathletes), you can download the route here:
https://www.strava.com/routes/9969848 and access the route guide here:
Please use #celticwiseman on social media to share your ride.
Background | Martin's Story
After graduating from Cambridge with a Masters degree, Martin embarked on a high flying career with CBRE, and was living the high life in London. His drive, grit and ambition, allied to his vivacious personality and joie de vivre suggested this was someone who was destined to go far. However, Martin was struck with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at the end of August 2008. In the intervening 10 years, Martin has been bed-bound and subjected to myriad diagnostic investigations but does not seem to have been offered any effective treatment from Health Care professionals. He has received care, including residential care homes, before his parents rebuilt their house to accommodate his needs. At the worst point, Martin's muscles had wasted to the extent that he required physiotherapy; he had lost the use of his vocal chords so communicated using a form of sign language; and he required assistance from carers to wash and feed himself.
Advocacy | Reinterpreting Resilience
In 2010, his school friend Richard Davies was training for IRONMAN France and prepared for the cycle leg by riding around Devon and Cornwall once a week, during which he would drop in on Martin. Having completed the race, he returned to Martin and gave him the medal to keep as a symbol of resilience, until he was strong enough to return it. 8 years on from the race (and 10 years from the onset of his condition) the demands of a triathlon pale into insignificance when compared to the physical and emotion struggle that Martin has had to endure, having been confined to his bed for such a protracted period of time.
Questioning what he could do to help a friend who appears to have been ostracised from recent developments elsewhere in the Medical Community, Richard decided to share his training route in the hope that other cyclists might follow it and learn about the rationale behind it. The route is a loop, so can be embarked upon at any point, but the reason it is named the Celtic Wiseman Perpetual, is to encourage cyclists who might be in spired to tackle it to make a donation to ME Research UK, in order to help precipitate a decisive moment after which new treatments can be pioneered and help sufferers like Martin to move on to a new chapter in their lives.