Avid cyclist, 73, raring to start nationwide challenge

A Bike owner is satisfying a lifelong ambition to ride the size of mainland British isles – all in the identify of charity.

Alan Watson will be joined by five good friends to vacation 1,080 miles from the beautiful seashores of Cornwall to the amazing countryside of Northern Scotland.

The 73-year-previous will established off to Land’s Stop on Friday, August 20 and start out the obstacle the pursuing day, hoping to arrive in John O’Groats 15 times afterwards.

Alan still operates a single or two times a week at Intecho, which is a Clever Dwelling Programs business in Knutsford.

He will be boosting revenue for two charities that are close to his heart – Willowbrook Hospice in St Helens, wherever his mum and sister spent some time obtaining respite treatment, and Variety, which has served little ones and people throughout Liverpool and Merseyside cope with the outcomes of poverty for the previous four decades.

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Alan has been a eager bike owner for quite a few several years. He will inform you stories of razor sharp seats and shammy leathers in the times prior to gel shorts.

Alan Watson has been a keen bike owner for several decades

Collectively with his cycling buddies, Alan is hoping to raise £2,160 – £1 for every charity for every mile included – with the team doing between 35 and 85 miles just about every working day.

Alan said: “To do a obstacle like this you have to be able to do 100 miles a day if necessary and I’ve managed to do that 4 times in the final month.

“Not only is the route from Land’s Close to John O’Groats 1,080 miles but, as we are heading by way of the scenic route, it has an elevation obtain of 70,000ft, which is the authentic problem for me.”

Alan is no stranger to biking issues as, two decades in the past, he concluded the North Coast 500 travelling from Inverness alongside the west coast of Scotland clocking up 518 miles in seven days.

He generally averages all over 2,000 miles on the bicycle every yr but in 2020 he totalled an outstanding 9,000 miles.

Coaching for the excursion has provided a 70-mile round excursion to Preston previous weekend as perfectly as a 110-mile return route to Nantwich.

To donate stop by justgiving.com/crowdfunding/alan-watson-cycle

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