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Powering across the UK for cycle challenge
3:50pm Friday 27th September 2013 in Local
PEDAL power was reining supreme as a Bromsgrove cyclist and his teammate completed their 900 mile journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End.
Andy Hurst from Bromsgrove teamed up with fellow cyclist Matthew Harrison from Market Drayton in Shropshire to take part in the challenge.
The two work for the same company, the Parts Alliance, and decided to gear their fundraising efforts toward two charities the Air Ambulance Service and Macmillan Cancer Support.
They also added to their challenge by including an extra 30 miles so that they travelled from Dunnet Head, the northern most point of the UK mainland, to Lizard Point, at the far end of the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall.
Mr Hurst said: “It was a wonderful experience and we were buoyed on not only by the people donating money but by the welcome we received from Parts Alliance members en route.
“It was tough to start with but after a couple of days your body acclimatises. It’s quite amazing. We had good weather all the way except for a little bit of rain on Friday night coming over Dartmoor but as that section was downhill, and it was warm, we didn’t mind.
“The only incident was I had a puncture, which was quite amusing. We had found a penny on the floor at Dunnet Head and decided to carry it with us for good luck. I put it in my tool bag. But the one day I didn’t have it with me, that’s when I had the puncture. But I just had to hop off the bike and replace the inner tube, so it didn’t really hold us up.”
The two started training for the epic cycle ride in February, regularly riding in to work and covering more than 40 miles on their daily commute.
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