A couple of years ago Colin Restall and Tara Wilson rode from London to Paris raising £3,500 for Macmillan in the process. Although it was a fantastic fundraiser in its own right, it was just a warm-up for them.
In May this year, the pedaling powerhouses rode from Land’s End to John o’ Groats, raising an even more impressive £6,000 at the time of writing. They’re quick to admit they couldn’t have done it without their wonderful support team of Colin’s wife, Eileen, and Tara’s mum, Gwyn. They accompanied the cycling duo in a black transit van complete with spare bikes, food and other assortments.
Whether it was a desire for pain or the reluctance to use up even more holiday time, they allocated a mere 10 days for their challenge. This is despite others saying they’d need around 12 to 15 days.
Although the weather was relatively okay, there was a definite change in weather the further north they headed: ‘We were in shirtsleeves in Devon and three layers in Scotland,’ says Colin.
A positive mental attitude was key to their success and their dedication to training didn’t hurt either. ‘At one point in our training ride I took one of my shoes off and water came pouring out, it was that wet,’ said Tara.
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