James Cracknell: Finding my way back to myself

OLYMPIC gold medallist, adventurer and Children's Trust supporter James Cracknell has described how a cycle race helped him face his brain injury. The rower was hit by a petrol tanker while he was cycling across the USA, part of a gruelling coast-to-coast challenge. The resulting injury saw him spend three months on a neuro-trauma recovery ward, before what he calls 'the really hard work' began as he adjusted to life with his injury.  Since then, Mr Cracknell has been honest and open about the difficulties he and his family have faced, and he and his wife Beverley Turner have given a great deal of support to The Children's Trust. Mr Cracknell ran the London Marathon for The Children's Trust this year.  The Telegraph has been publishing extracts from Touching Distance, the book Mr Cracknell and Beverley Turner have written together. The final extract, in which he describes how a cycle race through snow helped him face his injury, was printed on Monday and can be read here.
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