Cycling success for Team Ginger Boy

PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 August 2012 | UPDATED: 11:30 30 August 2012

Hugh Parry at John O'Groats

Hugh Parry at John O'Groats

John Parry

A TEENAGE cycling enthusiast has harnessed the spirit of Olympic heroes Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton to cycle from one end of the country to the other.

Hugh Parry said he was inspired to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats by the Olympic Games and the Tour de France, and he has raised hundreds of pounds for his football club in the process.

Hugh and his dad John completed their near 1,000-mile trek on Friday, and their team name for the arduous adventure was inspired by the 13-year-old’s hair colour – Team Ginger Boy (GB).

Churchill Academy student Hugh said: “I became interested in cycling last year and cycled to Windsor with my dad.

“At the end of that I felt I wanted to do a much longer ride and told dad I’d like us to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Dad was surprised and thought it would be too arduous, but I was determined.”

Hugh’s mission is to raise £1,000 for Worle Juniors Football Club, and he has already collected several hundred pounds.

The pair camped along the way as they made their way from Cornwall to the northernmost tip of Scotland.

After completing the trip, Hugh said: “I couldn’t believe I’d actually cycled nearly 1,000 miles.

“It was surreal - a weird feeling that it had finished. I hadn’t really realised how far we’d cycled until we got in a hire car and drove back. Dad says I’m as fit as a butcher’s dog now.”

Hugh and his dad, head of mathematics at Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College, arrived back home in Wolvershill Road, Banwell, on Sunday and were greeted by a group of his friends.

If you want to donate to Hugh’s appeal, send a cheque payable to Worle Juniors Football Club to The Elms, Wolvershill Road, Banwell, BS49 5JH.

Alternatively, you can donate money directly to the club through its bank account by using the account number 11306898 and sort code of 404718.

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