The Sherwood family from Dorset recently took on an epic challenge, cycling 970 miles across 12 days from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise funds for Myeloma UK.
Dad Geoff explained, “The initial plan was for three of my sons, William, James, Edward and I to challenge ourselves to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, but then our friends and relatives were asking which good cause we were supporting.” Myeloma UK has a special meaning to the family as Geoff’s mum had myeloma and a good friend has recently started treatment, so they set up a JustGiving page for family and friends to donate to.
The challenge took months to plan: from deciding on a route and choosing rest locations, to training for long cycling sessions, and the whole family were keen to get involved.
“There were four of us cycling and my wife Liz, and our youngest son Richard (who joined us for shorter sections on most days) travelled alongside us providing us with support. Liz drove a very large rented motorhome negotiating very narrow and winding roads, collecting and delivering spare parts, and providing cooked meals every day which was appreciated by all”.
The journey was a great accomplishment for the entire family who cycled through some beautiful and remote locations including the Lake District, Arran and Loch Ness. As a family they shared some truly memorable experiences. Geoff tells us how his most memorable moments were “Climbing and reaching the top of the Kirkstone Pass in the Lake District, the Quantocks in Somerset and the climb on Arran, the latter particularly because my youngest son, Richard, also joined us and did really well.” But the trip was not without its challenges which included some fast and winding descents, heavy rain, broken gears and an exploding tyre! Fuelled with homemade flapjacks the family took everything in their stride and peddled on.
Geoff said, “I was relieved that we all got to the end, despite some quite painful knees and other ailments, and amazed by the rapid progress the boys had made since struggling round our first training ride of ‘just’ 20 miles, only a few months earlier.”
Proud of what the family have achieved Geoff adds, “It was wonderful to involve the whole family, in particular that the boys were thrilled to be part of a trip like this with their old Dad and Mum!”
Community Fundraiser, Zoe Meldrum-Craig who supported the family with their ride said, “it was wonderful to support the Sherwood family with their amazing challenge. With all the family being a part of the journey I’m sure they have created memories together that will last a lifetime while helping raise funds for our vital work.”
To date, the family have raised £2,500 in total with Geoff having to increase their JustGiving target three times as each goal was met. You can find out more about the Sherwood family’s journey by visiting their JustGiving page.
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