Adventurer crosses finish line after gruelling challenge

An adventurer who was seriously hurt in a motorbike accident is thought to have cycled into the record books by becoming the first person to climb Mount Everest, row the Atlantic and cycle around the world.

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London scout leader cycles into record books

A London Scout leader has cycled his way into the record books after being told he may never walk again.

James Ketchell, who was seriously hurt in a motorbike accident is thought to have become the first man to have rowed the Atlantic, climbed Mount Everest and completed a global cycle ride.

James Ketchell crossed the finish line at 1.30pm today

The 31 year-old crossed the finish line in Greenwich Park this afternoon.

In 2007 he shattered his ankle in a road accident, but he rose from his hospital bed to complete a remarkable recovery.

Mr Ketchell was swamped by 150 people including family, friends, Scouts and sponsorship supporters when he crossed the finish line today.

He completed the challenge in aid of the ELIFAR Foundation, which aims to help improve the quality of life of disabled children and adults.

He said: "It's an incredible feeling, I'm just so happy and relieved to have done it and hopefully I've inspired other people to achieve what they want to do in life in the process."

"I've met some amazing people along the way, people taking me into their homes, and visiting kids in schools, hospitals and obviously Scout groups, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I hope I've done them justice in a way and repaid some of the generosity they've shown me."

James Ketchell raised money for ELIFAR Foundation with his three part challenge

Mr Ketchell rowed the 3,000 miles from La Gomera to Antigua in 110 days, reached the 29,029-foot summit of Mount Everest in six weeks and cycled 18,000 miles around the world in just under eight months. The global cycle took him through over 20 different countries.