Melville resident’s cycle of support

Mark Hullett. Picture: Jon Hewson   d458741
Mark Hullett. Picture: Jon Hewson d458741

MELVILLE resident Mark Hullett was inspired to ride a mountain bike 14km through Dwellingup alongside a Bunbury a mum who has muscular dystrophy.

Together, they raised much needed funds for Muscular Dystrophy WA, where Mr Hullett works.

He had previously been on the sidelines as a support for riders in the Ride for Someone Who Can’t, but when Bunbury’s Carly Collins became the first participant with muscular dystrophy to sign up for the event, Mr Hullet said he would ride with her.

Mr Hullet had never ridden a mountain bike but expected to be of help to Ms Collins if she needed it.

Instead it was she who motivated him to keep up on the course.

“She was technically a really good rider but I know it was hard for her, especially toward the end,” Mr Hullet said.

Six years ago, Ms Collins was diagnosed with the rare and debilitating condition FacioScapuloHumeral muscular dystrophy and set out to complete the ride while she still has sufficient strength in her lower body.

More than 1000 people took part in the ride. Individuals rode 14, 40, 60 or 100km at the Dwellingup 100 on September 3.