Land’s End to John

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

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!”

En route

Cam­bus­lang man John Ed­wards dur­ing his 11 day cy­cle

End of the line O’Groats

John ar­rives at his des­ti­na­tion in John

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