End to End- Lands’ End to John O’Groats by Dominic Baker
In late March I started off alone from Lands’ End in an attempt to ride to John O’Groats to raise funds for LEPRA Health in Action.
After getting a passer by to take the obligatory Lands’ End sign photo I decided this was going to be pretty straightforward. Seven miles down the road and £300 lighter, following a broken left shifter and a puncture on a dual carriageway, I came closer than supposed ‘rufty-tufty’ outdoors people like me should to tears.
Highlights of the trip up to Scotland included very scenic riding through the West Country, and kamikaze style rides over Bodmin and the Quantox. At times the weather was good but there were bad days. Caught in furious headwinds and intermittent hail as was the case in the Wirral and the Dales one consolation was the wonderfully wild scenery of Great Britain!
After Scotland my luck changed, the wind blew the right way and I gained a support car in the form of my Mum. With knees that were virtually creaking I benefited from the 25mph tail wind to push me up the east coast, and with the second obligatory sign post photo on the memory card it was all over.
In the end around £2000 was raised (excluding Gift Aid). It is hugely satisfying to know that this money is going to help those most in need and it is this thought that really helped me overcome any small discomforts experienced.
“For Bandichhod more needed to be done than simply provide a medical cure. Medical treatment is a beginning, not an end.”