Simon goes to the ends of the earth

AFTER fourteen days and 1,203 miles of cycling, saddle sore Simon Speller celebrated with a much deserved pint. The Stevenage mayor cycled from Land s End to John O Groats to raise money for Sue Ryder Care – reaching his destination on Monday. During his

AFTER fourteen days and 1,203 miles of cycling, saddle sore Simon Speller celebrated with a much deserved pint.

The Stevenage mayor cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for Sue Ryder Care - reaching his destination on Monday.

During his adventure he had near misses from a number of white van men, had to endure torrential rain and also veered off route.

Along the route he visited Sue Ryder Care centres to raise awareness about what they do as well as being treated to many cups of tea and much needed cheese sandwiches.


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Passers-by gave him donations as he cycled but he is still looking for more money in order to meet his £5,000 target.

Cllr Speller told The Comet: "This is by far the hardest challenge that I've taken on to date and I'm thrilled to have achieved it.

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"It was really exhilarating riding into John O'Groats two weeks after I set off from Land's End.

"My main hope is that people will dig deep into their pockets to make donations to Sue Ryder Care"

He said the last day's ride was on flat ground although three hours in he found some tricky hills.

He said: "The run into John O'Groats through the beautiful heather and moorlands was awesome.

"I finished the ride at 8.10pm precisely! After 109 miles for the day we celebrated at John O'Groats pub with a pint of heavy."

David Bundy, Sue Ryder Care fundraiser, said: "Without the support and perseverance of the mayor we would not be able to continue with some of the care we offer to our residents.

"Simon is a magnificent leader who sets a very high standard for the rest of us to follow."

l You can read Simon's day by day diary or make a donation by visiting the dedicated site at

www.justgiving. com/simonspeller

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