Friday, 2 September 2011

Simon Richardson Update (02/09/11)

More positive news today.  After 17 days in intensive care, Simon has been moved to the High Dependency Unit, basically a step down.  This is really good news for his recovery as it means the medical staff are feeling much happier with his progress.

His wife Amanda reports that he "looks better and his breathing has improved, the physios are pleased, he's managed to have some soup today and he is able to talk, albeit very quietly and without much volume."

That really is good news.  Simon is a strong character, both physically and mentally.  There's no doubt that his level of fitness has been a significant contributor in his recovery and his mental attitude, which has seen him recover from previous adversity, is beginning to shine through.


Note to Press; Simon Richardson is a double-gold Paralympic cyclist.  On the track in Bejing 2008 he won the LC3/4 1km time trial and 3km individual pursuit. He also claimed a silver in the road time trial and assisted team mate Darren Kenny to victory in the road race.  Further details can be found on his Wikipedia page.


  1. This is absolutely FANTASTIC news and great to hear that Simon is now in HDU.
    ICU nurses like nothing more that to be able to say "Goodbye, I hope I never see you again...(apart from when you pop in to say hello ;o) )" ..and it be celebratory.
    Here's wishing Simon a steady recovery and no setbacks :o)

  2. So glad to hear that Simon is on the mend. He is obviously a very strong character and we wish him well from our site.

    I was out with my team and a 4x4 with no regard for other road users just decided to overtake another car on his side of the road, clipping one of our riders going the other way. He just wobbled luckily, but it could have taken half the team out.

    Cyclists must unite when things like this happen...

  3. I've just been watching the BBC Wales report on Simon. I had spinal injuries myself last year following a climbing accident and recall how difficult it was at the same stage of recovery. I'm back to walking, cycling and even a little indoor climbing now. Stay strong Simon, and you'll get there.