500 mile ride – with an hour to spare at the end

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

Two Ash­ford men have com­pleted the trip of a life­time af­ter cy­cling nearly 500 miles in three days in aid of a can­cer char­ity.

Brothers-in-law Neil Lauder, 31, and Tom Wil­son, 25, rode from Ash­ford to Scot­land un­sup­ported at the end of last month.

The trip took them from Ash­ford to Le­ices­ter and on to New­cas­tle, be­fore end­ing at Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle on day three, cy­cling 492 miles in to­tal.

The jour­ney was a chal­lenge for both men, and was the fur­thest ei­ther had ever cy­cled be­fore.

Mr Lauder said: “Tom hit a wall at around 150 miles on the first day, and found the last 37 miles a strug­gle.

“I think we both found it hard at times on the third day too; the pain kept com­ing and go­ing and it seemed like we were rid­ing through trea­cle go­ing up the hills.

“I also picked up a punc­ture just be­fore the Scot­tish bor­der.

“We got slightly wor­ried we wouldn’t make it to the train sta­tion in Ed­in­burgh on the last day too, as our av­er­age speed was very low for first two hours. But we made it, with a just over an hour spare.

“Apart from that, it was a very good ex­pe­ri­ence. One nei­ther of us will for­get.”

The trip saw the pair, who ini­tially set them­selves a tar­get of £500, raise £1,365 for Can­cer Re­search UK.

Mr Wil­son said: “Neil and I have a close affin­ity to the work con­ducted by Can­cer Re­search, with us both hav­ing grand­par­ents who have suf­fered from this ter­ri­ble con­di­tion.”

Mr Lauder added: “See­ing the do­na­tions with kind mes­sages be­ing sent re­ally touched out hearts. We want to thank every­one who got be­hind us with this chal­lenge, es­pe­cially El­liott from Cy­clemoore, who con­tacted me be­fore the ride and checked over and ser­viced our bikes free of charge.”

To spon­sor Tom and Neil go to www.just­giv­ing.com/nei­land-tom-ash­ford-to-ed­in­burgh

Neil Lauder and Tom Wil­son cy­cled from Ash­ford to Ed­in­burgh in aid of Can­cer Re­search UK

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