Chris Read has completed an amazing 980 miles cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats in memory of his Mum Gillian who was cared for by the hospice in 2012.
“The care my Mum received was amazing and just as important the care my father received in the months afterwards was life saving. The work the hospice do is truly inspiring and I feel it is very important for me to give something back” commented Chris before the ride.
During the challenge Chris and his fellow cyclists would cover around 100 miles each day in the saddle, on day five it took over 3 hours to complete 20 miles in driving rain and rush hour traffic. But day 8 the penultimate day of the challenge there were 40 mph winds and a huge climb that saw lots of cyclists pull out and Chris riding for 10 and half hours. The rewards along the way were taking in the stunning scenery, amazing food provided by the challenge event company and of course catching up with his family in Bath and at the finish at John 0’Groats.
“To be honest it’s still not sunk in that I’ve actually cycled the length of the country. It’s the hardest challenge I’ve ever taken on, mentally and physically. After a few days the simplest things become a challenge like zipping up a hoodie” commented Chris “Cycling through Cumbria and Scotland takes your breath away and I’ve made some new friends along the way, it has been the most amazing adventure and experience which I will never forget. I have actually cycled the entire length of the country”.
“We are incredibly grateful to Chris for taking on this amazing challenge and for all his fundraising, the total for this event is over £3,000 but Chris has also raised over £6,000 taking part in the Prudential Ride London for the past three years” Krista Lougher, Challenge and Community Events Fundraiser for the hospice “Support like this is invaluable to us, it allows us to continue to provide our care to other families like Chris’s “.
If you feel inspired to take on your own challenge get in touch with our Fundraising Team or find out more here.