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Halifax-born Karen Darke to cycle at Paralympic Games

Karen Darke
Image caption Karen Darke made a crossing of Greenland's ice cap in 2006

A Highlands-based adventurer will compete at road cycling in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Halifax-born Karen Darke, 41, was paralysed from the chest down in a sea cliff climbing accident when she was 21.

She will compete at road cycling using a hand cycle.

Following the Games, Ms Darke, who lives in Inverness, will resume her preparations for an expedition to the South Pole.

In 2006, she was one of a team of adventurers who took part in an expedition that completed a gruelling crossing of Greenland's ice cap.

Ms Darke sat on skis and used arm power and ski poles to cover the 372 miles (600km).

She has also climbed Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and California's El Capitan and hand-cycled the length of Japan.

The London 2012 Paralympic Games run from 29 August-9 September.

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