By Tristan Harris Friday 27 September 2013 Updated: 02/10 10:29
A BROMSGROVE cyclist has pedalled more than 900 miles from John O’ Groats to Land’s End in just seven days to raise more than £3,000 for the Midlands Air Ambulance and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Andy Hurst, a cycling enthusiast and track cycling referee, was joined by Matthew Harrison, from Market Drayton, for the marathon ride. The pair trained for it by regularly riding to work, covering more than 40 miles on a daily basis.
They even went further than the traditional route, adding an extra 30 miles either end by starting at Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of the UK mainland, and finishing at Lizard Point, the far end of the Lizard Peninsula.
Andy, who is based at The Parts Alliance in Shirley, Solihull, said: “It was a wonderful experience and we were buoyed on not only by the people donating money but by the welcome we received from Parts Alliance members en route.”
They also stopped off at The Parts Alliance’s central facilities site and the depot of Parts Alliance member Dingbro in Glasgow to thank them personally for donations made to both charities. That added another 70 miles.
Andy said: “It was tough to start with but after a couple of days your body acclimatises. It’s quite amazing.
“We had good weather all the way except for a little bit of rain on Friday night coming over Dartmoor but as that section was downhill, and it was warm, we didn’t mind.”
The pair picked up a penny they found at Dunnets Head and took it with them for luck.
Andy added he put it in his tool bag and the one day he didn’t have it with him he ended up with a puncture.
“I just had to hop off the bike and replace the inner tube, so it didn’t really hold us up.”
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