World record-breaking cyclist living with epilepsy hopes to inspire others

An astonishing cyclist who has been living with epilepsy for almost her entire life recently broke a number of world records.

Katie Ford is hoping to inspire other people living with the condition all across the UK, after becoming the first British cyclist to successfully complete a 12-hour indoor track ultra marathon.

The 31-year-old – who has been living with epilepsy since age four – managed to complete an incredible 1,226 laps of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, covering a grand total of almost 190 miles in just half a day.

The brave rider took home two world records and one British record, which are expected to be verified in coming days by Guinness World Records and the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association.

Commenting shortly after the event, she said: “I’m passionate about showing what people living with epilepsy are capable of and helping to banish the stigma associated with the condition.

“I’m so grateful to the support of my team, including my coach and friend Charline Joiner as well as to my family and friends who have been with me every step of the way throughout my journey.

“It really was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.”

She added: “I have been blown away by the generosity of people who have donated to my Virgin Money Giving page so far.”