“It all started last summer when a friend talked me into doing a 50 mile charity bike ride with her. I hadn’t ridden a bike since I was a child and at the point didn’t even have a bike! But I went ahead and did it and really enjoyed it.
That gave me the inspiration to cycle from Lands End to John O’ Groats!
My uncle has suffered from epilepsy all his life. By doing this cycle ride I wanted to be able to help people like him and raise awareness about epilepsy. I don’t think people really understand it – it can happen to anyone.
The training was hard – going out on my own, doing 60 miles and often coming back cold and wet. The fund raising was hard too, but I couldn’t believe how supportive everyone was. I even had a couple of people who took it upon themselves to raise money for me, getting their friends to sponsor me and writing to companies. I did the cycle in May over twelve days, returning the day before my 35th birthday. I did the trip with Discover Adventure. It was brilliantly organised and I had a fantastic time. Thirteen of us did it, none of whom I had met before. We all got on well and had many laughs along the way. It was a wonderful way to see the country. Scotland was amazing – cycling on single track roads between lochs and mountains.
I feel I have achieved what I set out to do, the ride was a great fun, extremely rewarding and I raised £4,320. I would recommend this experience to anyone.”