Biking challenge - Land’s End to John O’Groats

11 September 2013

When you undertake a bike ride the length of the UK, it doesn’t help when you get stung by a wasp, get knocked off by a tractor and have to ride 40 miles with only two gears! All of this happened to David Collier when he decided to ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of Wigan & Leigh Hospice.

David Collier Bike Ride

David says, "A few years ago I took up biking as a form of stress release and gradually built up from 2 miles per week, to 2 miles per day.  With growing confidence and covering ever greater mileage; two years ago I decided to try the Manchester to Blackpool Bike ride in aid of the Hospice.  I enjoyed it so much that I then decided to undertake the challenge of a 'Derbyshire Peak' tour in Glossop, which I organised myself."

Clearly, by now David had developed a 'cycling bug', so he then decided to undertake the ultimate UK biking challenge of Land's End to John O'Groats.  But this time he joined an organised group.

David adds, "The group of 22 riders varied in age from 19 to 74.  We averaged 74 miles per day with an average of 6 or 7 hours every day. We built a great sense of camaraderie and despite the various pitfalls I encountered, I made some really good friends and saw some amazing scenery, especially around Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands."

The 1,015 mile trip took 14 days and David says, "We all rode into John O'Groats together.  It was a great feeling, not only of achievement, but solidarity and fellowship.  The icing on the cake was being able to present £1,650 to Wigan & Leigh Hospice.  I want to express my thanks to every one at Proctor and Gamble where I work and everyone who sponsored and supported me."

"I am delighted that I 'took the plunge', but won't deny that it was a challenge. I am not an athlete, but with the right training and preparation, many people can do it."

David concluded, "Not everyone can do the challenge I did, but I thoroughly recommend doing fundraising in support of the Hospice.  You could even hold a Tiddlywink competition!"

Hospice Nurse Specialist, Lisa Taylor said, "We want to say a big Thank You to David for all his efforts and to everyone who supported him in any way."

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