Hospice supporter and Garstang dentist, Paul Winstanley, has cycled 480 miles from John O’Groats to St John’s Hospice in June this year, along with his two friends, Frank Evans and Les Jenkinson, who continued on to Land’s End, an epic 874 miles in total.
Together they have raised an unbelievable £5,401.55 for St John’s Hospice. Their direction of travel meant that we were mostly against the prevailing wind and they cycled, without a support vehicle, more than 85 miles a day, carrying all their own kit.
We caught up with Paul to ask him about his mammoth challenge…
What was the highlight of the challenge for you? There were so many, but the amazing scenery cycling thought the Cairngorms into Aviemore as the sun was setting over the mountains was really special, so to was crossing the Forth Road Bridge.
Were there any hairy moments? Yes, there were a few! Cycling up Princess Street in Edinburgh wasn’t fun, nor was being attacked by a lady pedestrian in Perth brandishing an umbrella?!!!
It is such a gruelling challenge, what kept you going when things were toughest? We were kept going by a regular supply of flapjack and water as we cycled through the only heatwave of the summer!! Lots of really bad singing along the way; we rarely get past the first two lines of a song. The best thing to help you through though is having the best mates you could ever wish for to cycle with and keep you going when things get uphill!!
Were there any really low points? None whastsoever. You just have to think about how lucky we are to be fit and well and about how our fundraising could help those needing the amazing care from St John’s.
You can still donate in appreciation of the guys’ efforts HERE.