Pedal pushing pals cycle length of the country

Daniel O'Grady, of Norton is cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats in aid of Bluebell Wood and Parkinsons UK. Picture: Andrew Roe

Daniel O'Grady, of Norton is cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats in aid of Bluebell Wood and Parkinsons UK. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Sixteen men, 900 miles and three days – a group of intrepid fundraisers are set to cycle all the way from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

Among the group is Norton father-of-two Daniel O’Grady, aged 41, of Forresters Close, who will be joined by colleagues from Croda Europe Ltd to complete the mammoth challenge.

Explaining how the event came about, he said: “The Government’s Cycle to Work scheme has got a lot of people interested in riding in the last few years and it’s got more people interested in keeping fit.

“We decided that we needed a challenge, so decided to ride between Land’s End and John O’Groats but do it as a relay, as it’s a very tough undertaking.

“People can do as much or as little as they can, and we’re looking at 30-mile sections with two to three riding at the same time. It’s about 900 miles in total.”

Daniel, who works as a shift manager at the Rawcliffe Bridge firm, has already been training hard, riding most weekends, totting up about 100 miles a week.

It is hoped between them they can raise £8,000 for two worthy causes – Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Parkinson’s UK.

The ride is scheduled to begin on May 29 this year, and the cyclists expect to have it completed between three and four days.

Daniel added: “I’m looking forward to the whole thing, the adventure of it, I’ve never been so far north in Scotland before.

“I’m also looking forward to the camaraderie, but maybe not the unforeseen punctures and mishaps along the way, though!

“Everyone is at different standards so it will be a test and a half, especially riding through the night. The logistics are a bit worrying.”

He is being supported at home by wife Melissa, aged 39, and two sons Joseph, aged eight, and Lewis, two.
“They’re enjoying it.

“Melissa, who also works at Croda, is a bit more reticent as I am spending a lot of time training, but she’s very supportive, it’s for two good causes,” added Daniel.

“As we would like to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charities each of the riders will be paying for the ride themselves, their transport, fuel, spares, food, accommodation and kit.

“Which means every penny we raise will be split 50/50 between the two charities.

“We will also be holding raffles and having runs and rides to raise money for the charities leading up to the challenge at the end of May.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor the riders can do so by visiting

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