Wales

Team carry Cardiff man up Snowdon in his wheelchair

Martin Williams at Snowdon summit
Image caption Martin Williams took on the journey with a team of 16 who carried him four at a time

A former hill walker with multiple sclerosis has been carried in his wheelchair up and down Snowdon, Wales' highest mountain.

Martin Williams, 52, said it was all worth it after about seven hours' slog.

He took on the challenge with his team of supporters 15 years after he was diagnosed with the neurological condition.

Mr Williams, from Cardiff, now wants to repeat the feat on Scotland's highest peak, Ben Nevis, in September.

The 16-strong team took turns to carry the wheelchair, working in groups of four during Saturday's ascent and descent.

"They were changing over very frequently to make sure everything was OK," said Mr Williams.

The journey up took about 3 hrs 25 mins, while the trip back down was a few minutes longer.

"That was far less than we anticipated," said Mr Williams. "It was absolutely superb and well worth doing."

Image caption Mr Williams and his support team trained for months for the Snowdon ascent

He set himself the task because he wanted to show that disability was no bar to the outdoors.

Mr Williams, who lives at the Leonard Cheshire home, Dan y Bryn, in Radyr, also hopes to raise money for a charity providing disability care, and is on course to raise a couple of thousand pounds.

He said he was determined to break down obstacles for people such as him.

"You put a barrier in front of me and I'll jump around it if I can," he said.

Another mountain he is aiming to scale is Scafell Pike in England, which would give him the three highest peaks in the UK.

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