Thousands raised in 969-mile ride

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 April 2015

James Pendleton (left) and Ian Welsh completed a charity cycle ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

James Pendleton (left) and Ian Welsh completed a charity cycle ride from John O'Groats to Land's End.

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A MAN from St Georges, who has only been cycling for eight months, has joined one of his closest friends to cycle from John O'Groats to Land's End.

James Pendleton, aged 34, decided to take on the 969-mile cycle with Ian Welsh, aged 32, from Dawlish in Devon, in memory of Ian’s father-in-law who died of a brain tumour.

James said: “He died about two years ago. We thought we would try to do something to raise money for that and we came up with this idea.

“I have only been cycling for about eight months. I did the Great Western Ride in July and it went from there. That was just a little 57-mile cycle route, for this we averaged 120 miles a day.”

The pair began with a target of raising £500 for The Bone Cancer Charity, but their total has now hit more than £2,300.

James said: “We really didn’t think we would raise this much, we didn’t realise the challenge was so big and that people would be so supportive.

“It has just been fantastic, it has been absolutely brilliant. We had a couple of free stays in hotels along the way as well.”

The cycle did not get off to an easy start though, with heavy winds and snow in Scotland.

James said: “There was a moment where we didn’t think we were going to get past Scotland. When we woke up on the third day it was awful, it seemed like everything was against us right from the word go.”

But the pair battled on and cycled through Weston and Churchill before heading down to Devon and Cornwall to complete the nine-day cycle on Easter Sunday.

James’ sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Dan Penrose, followed the pair in a support car for the entire cycle.

James said: “Sarah and Dan have just been fantastic.

“We have had so many people come and support us, it has been great.”

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