Author Topic: John Radford  (Read 46000 times)

hellymedic

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #100 on: September 02, 2013, 09:24:12 pm »
John Radford's crash and condition have been mentioned in The House by his MP Jason McCartney.

Re: John Radford
« Reply #101 on: September 15, 2013, 06:36:11 pm »
Latest posting on Huddersfield CTC website:

Latest news item, added: Friday September 13th 2013 7:59pm

Latest news on John Radford

Things are still going very slowly. He is still in critical care, and three consultants are still deciding on the next steps. They are still looking at the recent scans and x rays.

All our thoughts continue with John and his family.

Re: John Radford
« Reply #102 on: September 16, 2013, 10:54:04 pm »
Slow progress is still progress though.

Fingers remain firmly crossed.
You're only as successful as your last 1200...

fungus

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #103 on: September 16, 2013, 11:38:25 pm »
Yes John is still on route & our thoughts & payers are still with the lovely old fella & his family.
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Re: John Radford
« Reply #104 on: September 17, 2013, 10:13:49 am »
It is difficult to express how I feel every time I look at this thread, especially as time is moving very slowly for John.
I was controlling at Barnard Castle when John packed, so I have a vision of him tired but healthy and still the same guy that I have known over several years.
 I can still see him at Sizun, out of time after losing his wallet on PBP 2011.He still took time out to say hello. He is just a really nice bloke with all the qualities I associate with the West Riding of Yorkshire.
He once told me he hated hills and would love to live somewhere flat, so rides like LEL were a big challenge for him even though he was as strong as an ox.
Keep going John and best wishes to his family in what must be a very difficult time for them as well.

pizzicatooff

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #105 on: October 03, 2013, 12:38:58 pm »
Latest news about John comes from Alan Priim of Huddersfield CTC on their facebook page:

(Tues 1st October)

John’s daughter invited me to go and visit John, and I did so today.

John looks much better than I expected and seemed very bright eyed and attentive.

He is able to move his left arm and seemed to wave this in my direction. Otherwise he was quite still on his bed but has some good colour in his complexion, is breathing well (through the tubes in his throat), and his eyes seemed to be following me about, whilst he was awake.

The nurse came in to adjust his breathing tube and he certainly react to this as it seemed to be very uncomfortable for him when she did so.

He seemed to know I was there but it was hard to tell for definite. He fell asleep again after about 15 minutes of my visit, but that happens a lot to me anyway.

I am pleased I have been to see him, although we know it is still a long and hard journey for him and his family.

But this is John that likes the long hard slogs such as the London-Edinburgh-London or Paris-Brest-Paris.

We can only keep our thoughts with John and his family whilst he completes his present journey.

fboab

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #106 on: October 03, 2013, 02:12:01 pm »
That sounds better than I feared.

It's a long haul, and small improvements are improvements.

He's in our thoughts.
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marcusjb

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #107 on: October 03, 2013, 02:24:23 pm »
Although it was a very encouraging report from that visit, it is a real insight into what a battle John is facing.  But all improvements are a positive step in the right direction.

He is still very much in my thoughts.
Right! What's next?

Ooooh. That sounds like a daft idea.  I am in!

Re: John Radford
« Reply #108 on: October 03, 2013, 09:59:01 pm »
Good news, but John has still has a long way to go. I sincerely hope I get to see him on a bike again.
You're only as successful as your last 1200...

YahudaMoon

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #109 on: October 03, 2013, 11:09:26 pm »
I read about John some time back on the CTC website, Ive enjoyed Johns company many a time out cycling

So sad John is still ill, popped on here after some time and was hoping John would be back on the bike.

Heres to a full recovery :)

Greets

John Diffley

Re: John Radford
« Reply #110 on: October 03, 2013, 11:33:23 pm »
I was controlling at Barnard Castle when John packed

I don't know John so can't bring him to mind, and don't recall a guy who might have been him packing at BC.

But how tragic and shocking life can change for a whole family just out of nowhere like that.

It's not difficult to envisage from those few simple descriptive sentences of Alan PRiims hospital visit what kind of trauma has befallen him and the depth of the journey he's engaged in.
Wishing him all the recovery he needs.
Garry Broad

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #111 on: October 15, 2013, 07:51:51 am »
Keep up the cadence John. We need you back in the bunch.

Re: John Radford
« Reply #112 on: October 31, 2013, 05:56:48 pm »
update on facebook today


Martyn Bolt

My friend and fellow rider John Radford who was seriously injured on 31 July continues to make slow progress in LGI. still breathing through tracheostomy, but looking at magazines using left hand as right not responding properly but starting to move. Police enquiries continue, and bail extended for the accused .

 So far £2800 raised for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, who played a vital role in John's care.

 Doctor's say John is on the right road, but it will be a long one. Nothing new there for Audax rider John then

 Finger's crossed and keep praying!

Re: John Radford
« Reply #113 on: October 31, 2013, 06:14:28 pm »
Thanks for the update. It's great to heat John's making progress still.
You're only as successful as your last 1200...

Re: John Radford
« Reply #114 on: October 31, 2013, 07:08:03 pm »
I can still see him at Sizun, out of time after losing his wallet on PBP 2011. He still took time out to say hello.

We met John at the end of PBP 2011. He'd been held up by various attempts to reunite him with his wallet. He'd been lent 50 Euros by the organisation, so he wanted to return that money, and to sort out the delays on his card. Heather had volunteered at the check-in and had also interviewed Jean-Gualbert Faburel in January, so we were able to go to the top. John got to return the money, and this is John's listing in the 2011 results.
89H51  5119  RADFORD  JOHN  GB M VE VELO CLUB 167

John doesn't give up.

Re: John Radford
« Reply #115 on: October 31, 2013, 07:53:37 pm »
Living where I do, it's very often that I find myself on a road I've ridden with John.  He is never far from my thoughts.  I've only done one 600 but John was a great companion on that.  Come on, John!

Re: John Radford
« Reply #116 on: October 31, 2013, 09:59:05 pm »
John doesn't give up.

That is an understatement.

I've probably mentioned this one before but at the (Thorne) start of LEL 2001 John was suffering from a bursitis on his knee. Now I've a bursitis on my elbow and it is fucking painful. John was about to start LEL. With a bursitis. On his knee.

I offered him the entire contents of my collection of painkillers but he declined and said he'd carry on and see how far he got.

Shortly after I left Edinburgh I passed John riding to Edinburgh still (no looped route back then) I've never been so happy to see a rider in my life. I was amazed he had made it that far.

My amazement faded to nothing compared to my admiration when I learned he did indeed complete LEL that year.

The man has balls of steel.
You're only as successful as your last 1200...

Redlight

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #117 on: October 31, 2013, 10:03:57 pm »
Thanks for the update. I was thinking of John only yesterday and wondering how he was doing.

I really hope the scum that put him in this condition end up sharing a cell with Andy Coulson.
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Re: John Radford
« Reply #118 on: November 01, 2013, 12:46:52 am »
Then they'd really be hacked off....

Re: John Radford
« Reply #119 on: November 05, 2013, 06:50:48 am »
Latest News on John. As on the front page of Huddersfield Examiner, Mon 4th Nov.

Try this link for full details.

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/meltham-cyclist-john-radford-now-6267456

John can’t communicate but is being shown cycling magazines by his family. He is conscious and showing encouraging signs of progress.

Though still breathing through a tracheotomy tube and partially-paralysed down his right side, John is improving, slowly but surely.

His daughter Emma said: “Dad can turn a page for himself but it is a big strain.

“The other day, though, he licked his finger and turned a page and we were amazed.

“It was just something that he always used to do and we knew he was still with us.”

John, who is now on a specialist neurological ward at Leeds General Infirmary, is doing so well he is allowed limited visits from friends.

“Everybody who has seen him seems really surprised at how well he is.

“It is frustrating for us because his recovery is so slow.

“It would make our day if he could just give us a smile.”

Doctors have given no timescale on how quickly – or how much – John will recover.
But John’s fighting spirit and his fitness levels give cause for optimism.
“We just hope dad’s brain will continue to repair,” said Emma.
“We know age is not on his side but he is so fit for a man of his age and his lungs and heart haven’t failed him yet.”
You're only as successful as your last 1200...

Re: John Radford
« Reply #120 on: November 05, 2013, 10:35:37 am »
Thanks for that, wobbly.

simonp

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #121 on: November 05, 2013, 11:03:13 am »
Indeed, it's good to hear he's improving.

marcusjb

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #122 on: November 05, 2013, 11:28:08 am »
These small improvements are massive leaps forward and it's great to hear that John's making progress - keep at it!
Right! What's next?

Ooooh. That sounds like a daft idea.  I am in!

Dave_C

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Re: John Radford
« Reply #123 on: November 05, 2013, 12:53:56 pm »
Thanks for the update, and link. Its appreciated.
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Re: John Radford
« Reply #124 on: November 30, 2013, 04:08:13 pm »
update on Huddersfield & district ctc facebook group

Sat Nov 30th
 Latest update on our John Radford is that he is continuing to very slowly improve and he has now had his tracheotomy removed.

 Our thoughts are still very much with John and his family and we hope John continues to recover, at whatever pace he needs too.