On 26th February 2009, just before midnight as he was rushed into emergency surgery, doctors told James Golding’ family he probably wouldn’t make it through the night. Eight years later James has an impressive accolade of events and challenges next to his name and yet continues to strive for more.
In November 2008 doctors found an 11cm tumour wedged between his spine, kidney and bowel, by late February he’d dropped from 14 stone to 6 stone in weight, he’d lost the ability to walk and was being rushed into emergency surgery with less than 5% chance of survival. After his operation, and two weeks in an induced coma, he started his long road to recovery.
Since relearning to walk and taking his first steps James has gone to cycle many events and challenges including across America, Mexico and France. He’s ridden John O’Groats to Land’s End, London to Paris a number of times and has been an ambassador to the World’s toughest and highest sportive, The Haute Route, which he’s now completed eight times, more times than any other brit. In 2014 to commemorate 5 years since walking out of hospital, James attempted the Seven Day Cycling World Record riding 1100 miles in four days before his crew stopped the ride due to a sudden change in weather conditions.
With over £3 million raised James has significantly contributed to UK Cancer Charities and is now working as cycling consultant for Cancer Research UK and an independent motivational speaker. James is working towards his biggest global challenge in 2019 and in the build up will look to inspire others by taking on tougher and tougher targets and records whilst sharing his story and journey along the way.