Cycle Challenge – Lands End to John O’Groats
The Fishermen’s Mission Fundraising Manager for Cornwall, Julian Waring, always wanted to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats. He persuaded a friend, Andy Smith to join him and so a plan was hatched to complete the challenge over 11 days, which started on Saturday 17th July. Carrying their own repair kits, clothing, wash bags etc (nearly 10 kilos each on the back of the bike), they set off at the start of the heat wave! “For the first 3 days we were consuming 10 litres of water each, per day, just to re-hydrate” Said Julian Waring. With no support vehicle, they set an ambitious target of cycling 100 miles a day, then staying at either youth hostels, with family and b & b’s all booked in advance along the UK. They took two weeks annual leave and the costs of the journey were covered by Julian and Andy and during their planning they set up Fundraising web pages to encourage friends and family to support/ motivate them by raising money for the Fishermen’s Mission. “When the heat was unbearable, then often difficult to sleep at night, to the continuous rain in Preston or the head winds in Scotland that slowed us to a crawl. Having messages of support on social media and making donations motivated us to complete each day and to get to John O’Groats on time. I’m delighted that we’ve completed this challenge, we’ve see some amazing countryside and met wonderful people along the way. Our final fundraising figure was over £4,600 including gift aid. Well over double of what we had hoped for.” Said Andy Smith, co-cyclist volunteer from Ashby de la Zouch in Leicestershire.