Larkhall teen cycles against cystic stigma

By Lewis Kemp

A 15-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis took on and conquered one of the world’s toughest mountain bike races – the Strathpuffer 24-hour event.

Cameron Anderson, from Larkhall, competed in alpine and sub-zero conditions over the weekend of the 20th to 21st January for the junior section of the Royal Albert cycling club, the Clydesdale Colts.

Cameron was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth and has spent a lot of his life in hospital on intravenous antibiotics.

His parents were overjoyed with his efforts, both during the Strathpuffer and his time as a whole at the Colts.

They stated:  “He loves cycling which helps keep his lung function at its best and he has put a lot of time and effort along with the others in the teams training for the Strathpuffer.

“It’s a fantastic achievement for him and he has made us very proud.”

And Cameron himself felt the event was something he’d love to do again.

“The puffer was a great challenge and one I definitely enjoyed doing,” said Cameron.

“Going through the day and mostly the night really tested my limits however the team and I managed to push through and finish the race.

“I would be down for doing it again next year and would recommend it for anyone who wants a challenge to test themselves both physically and mentally”

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