Dogs Trust supporter Rebecca Abraham from Martock in Somerset took on the legendary Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle in July. She made a tremendous effort and raised over £1000 for the dogs in our care. We asked Rebecca to tell us what it was like taking part in this fantastic challenge.
I’m known to be slightly adventurous so when the great opportunity came up to Cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats I jumped (wheelied!) at it. Although an enthusiastic cyclist, this was a new exciting challenge for me and I decided to do it for a very worthy charity: Dogs Trust.
We were a group of 36 cyclists of associated ages and abilities. We had the luxury of a support crew to supply us with delicious cakes at the 25 mile mark and into our lunch stops at 50 miles. We generally cycled an average of 70 miles plus each day.
The South West of England definitely threw up some challenges in our first few days, with narrow steep roads and unexpectedly arduous hills combined with torrential rain. The only bonus was that the wind was behind us.
On Day 3 we had already got to the Devon/Somerset border and amazed at how far you could get on a bicycle. Friends joined me for a section to ride alongside and give encouragement which was terrific, even when one of them accidentally knocked me off my bike!
Then we headed across our first major bridge, the old Severn crossing. Luckily low winds and a glimpse of sunshine made it a memorable day. However I had to deflate the birthday balloon I had tied around my trusty steed to prevent any ET flying bicycle reconstructions!
On through Wales, Monmouthshire and Cheshire. Beautiful chocolate box houses and flooded roads….no one said that carrying bikes through water up to our waist was on the agenda in August! I have absolute admiration for all the pubs and cafes that kindly accepted us in and gave us hospitality even when we looked like drowned rats and dripped water everywhere. This was the same day we decided we had had enough of arriving at a hotel with a dirty bike still to clean. Near Warrington a wonderful car wash facility kindly pressure-washed our bikes, although I think he was a bit surprised at this unusual request. So 11 of us arrived at the hotel rather chuffed with ourselves that we could collapse with no further chores that day.
Up through the industrial north of England and into the bonny highlands. Scotland greeted us with sunshine, cycle tracks and stunning views. Bizarrely the last day brought the best weather and we were able to ride into John O’Groats with blue skies above us and to a fantastic reception awaiting us.
I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. You get to see the UK in all its glory and a glimpse of beautiful future holiday locations. I am pleased to say I have raised over a £1000 for the charity and they deserve every penny of it and the good work they do.
Rebecca can still be sponsored here!