Marathon ride raises £5000

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - War­ren Hardie

A Braco fit­ness en­thu­si­ast raised over £5000 for can­cer re­search by cy­cling the 874 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

Joe Parish, 25, ac­com­plished the feat in just 10 days after pledg­ing to push him­self “to the ab­so­lute limit to achieve this in the short­est time pos­si­ble”. The £5093 he net­ted was raised pri­mar­ily through the crowd­fund­ing web­site Just­giv­ing and do­nated to Can­cer Re­search UK.

Joe, who seven years ago moved from Braun­ton, North Devon to study at Stir­ling Univer­sity, said: “I was sur­prised to have lots of dif­fer­ent peo­ple join me on the route. Hav­ing peo­ple from Scot­land, the north of Eng­land and the south of the coun­try jump in was amaz­ing.”

Joe said he had the idea for the cy­cle two years ago after vis­it­ing a friend in hospi­tal who was bat­tling can­cer.

“I de­cided that I wanted to do some­thing to raise can­cer aware­ness, as well as go out­side of my com­fort zone. It was some­thing to cross off my bucket list,” he added

Prepa­ra­tion for the cy­cle took him around three months as he con­fessed on his crowd­fund­ing page: “I think the last time I rode a bike for any length of time was when I had my pa­per round at the age of 15”.

The jour­ney was doc­u­mented mostly through so­cial me­dia, with Joe post­ing reg­u­lar up­dates on In­sta­gram and shar­ing pho­tos on Face­book.

“It was an ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble chal­lenge,” he said. “The sup­port from ev­ery­body has been amaz­ing.

“It was a truly mem­o­rable trip and I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted to have been able to raise over £5000 for Can­cer Re­search UK.” Dorothy Rodger from Can­cer Re­search UK said: “This was a fab­u­lous way to sup­port us and I would like to thank Joe for this amaz­ing ef­fort to raise funds for the char­ity.”

Dona­ton Joe with Dorothy Rodgers

Done it Joe cel­e­brates at jour­ney’s end

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