"I am 40 years old and was diagnosed with MS in June 2003. The initial stages are extremely hard - how do you come to terms with something that has the potential to devastate your life?
"One morning I woke up and decided I had to hit this head on. There was no point feeling sorry for myself, I had to be positive and put in place a plan to tackle my symptoms. I think once I had accepted it, the task became a little easier. I am now four and a half years on and my attitude is still the same: 'It will not beat me!'. I decided to take up cycling to try and keep the important parts moving. I applied for the MS Trust's London to Paris cycle ride and within a week had £800 pledged!
"I have been overwhelmed by the support I've received. To me, I just deal with life's problems but to others, it is quite inspirational that a person with my condition will take this challenge on. There is no doubt in my mind that it will be hard but I also think it will be very rewarding. Basically I want to say 'Look at me, I have MS but I can do it!'".
Richard not only successfully completed the challenge but also raised over £7,000 for the MS Trust and was indeed an inspiration to his fellow cyclists!