Cheltenham’s Mark Bartlett was very much involved in this years Red Nose Day. Ex-Cheltenham Grammar school student and Old Pats/Cheltenham/ Moseley rugby player Mark was part of the team assisting Billy Monger through his mammoth challenge walking, kayaking and cycling 140 miles across England, an enormous test of mental and physical endurance.
For this incredible challenge, which was featured on the BBC as part of their Red Nose Day schedule, Billy had to overcome the unpredictable British elements, and the odds and Mark was one of the team by his side.
Four years ago, Billy became a double amputee as a result of a horrendous racing accident.
Billy had to learn how to cycle again following the crash, and for the Red Nose challenge he had to walk further than he has ever had to before, and kayak for the first time in his life. As a successful racing driver, Billy is already used to pushing the limits of what can be achieved, and he managed it with flying colours.
Each stage of the journey took place in a different part of the country, with Billy joined along the way by a host of surprise celebrity supporters including Zoe Ball at Brans Hatch, and Dan Walker Lake Windermere.
51-year-old Mark who was also involved in last year’s Rickshaw Challenge around Goodwood Motor Circuit said: “It’s been an absolute privilege to be involved once again in raising money for charity and Billy is a true warrior and inspiration to us all. He really pushed himself to the limits, it was extremely emotional at times, however it was an honour to be part of his back-up team and something I will always cherish.”
So far Billy has raised a staggering £2,376,183 for Comic Relief and as for Mark he will be raring to go again next year.