A NORTON cyclist went through the pain barrier to complete his charity ride from John O' Groats to Lands End in just seven days.

Michael Boden, of Mere Road, set out to raise cash for the eye department at Birmingham Children's Hospital, to say thank you for the treatment his young daughter Eliza received.

Just four days in, the 33-year-old called off the challenge after he damaged his knees - but an impromptu call to a chiropractor saved the day.

He said: "I couldn't pedal anymore, the pain to my knees was so much. I got in touch with my chiropractor, who agreed to see me that evening - I could barely walk."

After intensive treatment, Michael's pain eased and he got straight back in the saddle.

He continued: "I got back on the bike the following morning at 5am, just to test the knees. It was touch and go as to whether I could continue - but I gave it a go.

"That day I cycled 110 miles. The pain slowly increased over the next three days, but the challenge was completed - it was an epic week and one that will live with me for the rest of my life."

Mr Boden said he will be out of action for a number of weeks following the epic challenge but the fact he has raised £9,000 has softened the blow.

Donations can be made via www.justgiving.com/michaelboden.