Job Done - we've reached virtual John O'Groats, having set out from virtual Land's End 15 days and 951 miles ago!
On June 11th, we rode in honour of Tony's cousin David who was taken from us by cancer a year ago on this day. We've put his photo down below and will be thinking of him. True to form he's chosen a tough stage for us - Shap Fell and the Lake District; highest gear and turbo set to max today!. Cheers mate.
What cancer doesn't realise is that every time it messes with more lives or takes another loved one like David from us, it takes another little step towards its own doom. Every time it strikes, it strengthens our resolve to beat it. Survival rates have doubled over the last 40 years, and that progress will continue with the help of organisations like Cancer Research UK.
Our family, like so many others has been tremendously affected by cancer over the years. As we approach the first anniversary of losing cousin David on 11th June, we've decided to do something positive to raise money for Cancer Research UK. This charity, who are at the forefront of fighting cancer and improving survival rates, are also doing some really important things to support the fight against Covid-19, from helping research into vaccines and reconfiguring some of their facilities to produce PPE.
So we're going to do a 951 mile "virtual" Land's End to John O'Groats bike ride taking turns to ride our turbo trainer bike, which we bought at the start of lockdown. We'll be setting out from virtual Land's End on 4th June 2020, 33 years to the day since we lost Jenny's mum to cancer. We will also be celebrating the fact that Jenny's sister, having had major surgery and chemotherapy over the last 18 months, is now enjoying and getting on with her life. We are so, so grateful for the advances in diagnosis and treatment that has made it possible.
We are aiming to arrive at virtual John O'Groats by the end of June, so if you would like to chip in with a donation towards our fundraising target, we would be incredibly grateful.
We aim to cover around 70 miles a day between us and will post our daily journey on our JustGiving page. If there is anyone you'd like us to mention or remember in our daily updates, or any memories associated with the places we visit, we'd be happy to share them on our page – just let us know.
Thank you for supporting us and allowing us to join the wonderful people who are helping so many deserving charities during lockdown. And please feel free to pass on details of our JustGiving page to anyone else who may be interested.