A father and son team have successfully completed their 1,000 mile cycle across Britain and have raised £3,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Neil Wedge, a former pupil of Kimberley School, embarked on the ten-day challenge to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats with his 21-year-old son, Josh, in memory of his parents.
John, 75, and Pam, 73, who had lived on Kimberley Road in Nuthall died last year and Pam had suffered from Alzheimer’s until her death in November.
Neil and Josh set off on the anniversary of John’s death on Monday July 21 and reached their destination on Wednesday July 30, a few days before what would have been Pam’s 74th birthday on Sunday.
Neil said: “It was quite emotional when we reached John O’Groats, but it it was such a nice feeling to think we had cycled all that way.
“I have never done anything like this before and there were moments where I questioned whether we had bitten off more than we could chew.”
He also explained that the greatest challenges of the journey were the first three days as the route was very hilly and the final morning where they cycled the last 82 miles before 1.30pm.
Both Neil and Josh survived the trip unscathed aside from a couple of grazes when they fell off their bikes, and didn’t suffer any mishaps until on the way home when they accidently locked their keys inside their motorhome.
The pair cycled alongside friends Chris Palgrave and Jamie Foxall who were raising money for Help for Heroes and family and friends joined the group at Edinburgh to encourage and cycle with them.
The journey saw them cycle from 7.30am until 5pm each day, with a rest break at lunch, and they stayed in a motorhome at campsites along the route.
Josh said: “I’m quite disappointed that it’s over, as it was something I looked forward to for a long time.
“It was a great experience and a great challenge - I would recommend it to anyone.”
The pair have not yet settled on their next challenge, but Josh hopes to persue competitive cycling in the coming months by entering into some races including London to Istanbul.
To read more about their adventure visit www.lejog-2014.co.uk