Having set off just over a week ago from Lands End on Saturday 8th July, 8 cyclists including local Neil Johnston, who works in IT Support with Dumfries & Galloway Council, are now closing in on their end goal of John O’ Groats and have already raised more than £9000.00 for charity Prostate Cancer UK.
The group’s route, as seen further down, is a journey of more than 900 miles over 10 days and took them through Neil’s home territory of Dumfries & Galloway on Thursday 13th July as they pedalled north from Carlisle towards their next overnight in Dunfermline on the longest single stage of the journey at 119 miles. Neil says ‘We left Carlisle around 8am then travelled north into Dumfries & Galloway through Gretna, Kirkpatrick Fleming and Lockerbie then to Moffat and on to the long climb up the Devil’s Beef Tub leaving the county and into the Borders Region as we travelled on towards Edinburgh and across the old Forth road bridge into Fife, a distance of around 118 miles and our longest distance in a single day of our epic journey. Like me, I’m sure the majority of people know someone who has prostate cancer so I’m delighted to be riding with a great bunch of guys raising money for Prostate Cancer UK to help fund support and research.”
The group of riders led by former England National sprinter and National Coach, Dave Le Grys are self-funding the trip to ensure that every penny donated goes directly to Prostate Cancer UK.
Across the UK
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.
- More than 52,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year on average – that’s 143 men every day.
- Every 45 minutes one man dies from prostate cancer – that’s more than 12,000 men every year.
- 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
- Around 475,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer.
Anyone wishing to support our fund raising efforts can do so via:
Lands End to Oakhampton (96 Miles)
Oakhampton to Bristol (111 miles)
Bristol to Shrewsbury (101 miles)
Shrewsbury to Preston (87 miles)
Preston to Carlisle (92 miles)
Carlisle to Dunfermline (119 miles)
Dunfermline to Ballater (82 miles)
Ballater to Inverness (90 miles)
Inverness to Bettyhill (83 miles)
Bettyhill to John o’ Groats and on to Wick (50 miles)
For further information on prostate cancer or help dealing with the disease;