24 June 2011
On Friday 24 June 2011 Neil Ryder, his daughter Emma and her partner Liam Callaway arrived in John O’Groats after a mammoth cycle ride from Lands End to raise money for Macmillan. The challenge involved cycling 1000 miles and ascending nearly 75,000 feet (that’s over 2.5 times the height of Everest) over 14 days.
The ride began on Saturday 11 June 2011, the weather was largely rainy and scenery varied from lakes to lochs, moors to forests, and beaches to mountains.
Neil said it was one of his ambitions to complete the London Marathon, but unfortunately had to pull out twice after injuring his knee.
'I wanted to complete a recognised challenge before I turn 60, which is 18 months away', he said. 'As I couldn’t run a marathon, I felt that Lands End to John O’Groats was the cycling equivalent and as a Rotarian, I also thought it would be a great idea to do it for the Club and raise money for charity.'
Neil, former President of the Wootton Bassett Rotary Club, chose to support Macmillan Cancer Support as a national charity (along with Wiltshire Air Ambulance as a local charity and End Polio now as an international charity) and hopes to raise £4,000.