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Cyclist covers more than 1,000 miles in bid to raise thousands for charity

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A keen cyclist has cycled more than 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise thousands for a children’s charity, fulfilling a lifetime ambition. Terry Atkinson from Church Leigh decided to take on the extraordinary challenge after covering 3,500 miles on his bike throughout lockdown.

A keen cyclist has cycled more than 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise thousands for a children’s charity, fulfilling a lifetime ambition.

Terry Atkinson from Church Leigh decided to take on the extraordinary challenge after covering 3,500 miles on his bike throughout lockdown.

He also chose to raise money for charity while taking on the mammoth effort with all donations going to Children with Cancer UK.

He said: “I thought I’d have a go while I’ve still got the energy in my legs.

It’s been on my bucket list for a while, it’s something I wanted to do for ages.

I felt a bit sad when it came to an end, I wanted it to go on forever. I’ve always loved the outdoors so it was all incredible – it’s an experience I’ll never forget.”

Terry pushed his first pedal of the journey on August 30, riding every day for a fortnight before completing the feat on September 12, stopping with friends and family overnight along the way.

In all he covered 1,031 miles with more than 59,000 feet of ascent, burning an astonishing 34,000 calories.

He recalled several memorable moments from his trip: “I had bought a second hand bike off eBay to do the challenge and so had to check the gears and tyres to make sure it was capable of doing the journey.

It’s a heavier bike than I’m used to and I realised after day two that I’d forgotten my Allen key I needed to help me tighten the bike.

I managed to cycle to a Halford’s where I bought the last Allen key they had in which was very lucky.

There was another time that an elderly couple who I met donated money, which was really nice – I’ve had so much support from everybody who has donated.”

Wearing a cyclist top Children with Cancer UK had given him for his challenge, Terry, aged 63, planned his route using a guide book he had, enabling him to view the more scenic paths and enjoy his time on the bike.

As a result, he amassed more miles than those who complete the challenge via more ‘traditional’ routes and even racked up 101 miles in a single day on one occasion.

He said: “I did a coast-to-coast some time ago.

So I had an idea of what to expect, but this was a biggie. I only realised magnitude of what I had done after receiving all the congratulations I did.”

The technician stated how he was thankful for the support he had received, including that of his employers Angus McKinnon.

He said: “Angus McKinnon were very supportive of me, and so was everybody in general.

I initially set a fundraising target of £500 and we smashed that. It’s incredible.”

As of Tuesday, October 6, Terry has brought in £3,000 for Children with Cancer UK – something he said is “unbelievable.”

To donate to his outstanding fundraiser, click here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/terry-atkinson10.

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