Land’s End to John
A Whitlawburn man has raised over £ 1300 for Yorkhill Children’s hospital by completing a cycle challenge.
John Edwards, who stays on Holmhills Road, went from Lands End to John O’Groats, a distance of over 900 miles.
The trip took 11 days for the keen cyclist to complete, and it was a tough trip.
John said: “It was hellish, I can’t lie. The weather was dreadful the first couple of days and it was a really tough experience.
“My mate Craig was doing it with me but had to pull out after the first four days, because he got injured, and tore a tendon in his hand.
“At that point I wasn’t sure whether I’d even manage to finish it, but I was determined to keep going.
“I pulled a hamstring a couple of days from the end, but managed to keep going - there was just a sense of relief when I finished it.”
However all the effort was worth it, as it’s earned cash for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital.
John, who works at South Lanarkshire Council explained “I’ve done things for charity before, like cancer research in the past.
“I’ve got a friend who’s wee boy has been in Yorkhill, and they’ve been tremendous.
“They were really helpful when they heard about what I was doing, too - we’re just tallying up the total amount raised and then we’ll present it to them.”
And John was well supported in his charity cycle by friends and family. He said: “People have been fantastic, they’ve been signing up to help straight away.
“The guys at work have been great for that.”
“I had really good support when I was doing the cycle too, with people phoning or texting to see how I was getting on.”
John knows what he’s hoping to do now he’s finished the trip.
“I’m just going to put my feet up for a wee bit now!”
Cambuslang man John Edwards during his 11 day cycle
End of the line O’Groats
John arrives at his destination in John