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Simon’s great cycling adventure

June 5th, 2019

We are a very proud team this week as we celebrate the achievements of our MD, Simon, as he concludes his epic cycling adventure from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The 9-day journey has seen Simon and his friend and fellow cycling enthusiast, Ian Doughty, cycle the length of the UK, totalling an astounding 953 miles and climbing 47,000 feet, 1.5 times the height of Mount Everest!

Simon's cycling challenge

The intrepid wheelers took on the challenge to raise money for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), a charity that works towards preventing cardiac-related death in the young, and supporting the friends and family that this has affected.

This charity is of particular importance to the pair following the tragic death of their friend, Gareth Roberts, who sadly passed away from an undiagnosed heart condition. With a target of £2,000 Simon and Ian have surpassed their goal and donations are continuing to flood in for this fantastic cause.

Setting off on the 27th May, the pair spent the best part of 8 hours each day cycling, and after nine days of cycling across the UK in all weathers, the pair reached John O’Groats on Sunday 2nd June. Their journey went as follows:

Day 1: Land’s End to Okehampton – 109 miles

Day 2: Okehampton to Bath – 108 miles

Day 3: Bath to Ludlow – 92 miles

Day 4: Ludlow to Haydock – 99 miles

Day 5: Haydock to Penrith – 88 miles

Day 6: Penrith to Hamilton – 114 miles

Day 7: Hamilton to Glencoe – 108 miles

Day 8: Glencoe to Bonar Bridge – 117 miles

Day 9: Arrival at John O’Groats – 109 miles

Speaking of this achievement, Simon said:

“It has been an exhausting, arduous yet brilliant nine days of cycling. The LEJOG journey has been on my bucket list for years, and to have the opportunity to take part in the challenge whilst raising money for a cause that is close to both mine and Ian’s hearts has been amazing. We have dedicated this journey to the memory of our good friend Gareth, who had dedicated his life to helping others as a paramedic, and we couldn’t have been prouder to have cycled those 953 miles in his honour.”

There is still time to donate, show your congratulations to Simon and Ian by visiting their Just Giving page and donating to this brilliant cause.

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