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