Ultimate triathlon finish for Hampshire man

A Hampshire man has cycled into the record books today having completed the ultimate triathlon. James Ketchell from Basingstoke made history as the only man ever to row the Atlantic, climb Everest and cycle unaided around the world.

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Motorbike accident inspired ultimate triathlon

James Ketchell climbing Mount Everest Credit: Innesco

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 complete a trio of gruelling challenges. James Ketchell was told he would never walk properly again after shattering his ankle in a road accident in 2007.

But the 31-year-old from Basingstoke rose from his hospital bed to complete a remarkable recovery - and today became the first man believed to have rowed the Atlantic, climbed Mount Everest and completed an arduous global cycle.

Mr Ketchell was swamped by more than 150 people including family, friends, Scouts from all over the country and sponsorship supporters when he crossed the finish line this afternoon in Greenwich.

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