Avid cyclist, 73, raring to start nationwide challenge

A Cyclist is fulfilling a lifelong ambition to journey the size of mainland United kingdom

A Cyclist is fulfilling a lifelong ambition to journey the size of mainland United kingdom – all in the identify of charity.

Alan Watson will be joined by five friends to journey 1,080 miles from the stunning beach locations of Cornwall to the breathtaking countryside of Northern Scotland.

The 73-year-aged will set off to Land’s Conclusion on Friday, August 20 and start off the problem the following working day, hoping to arrive in John O’Groats 15 times later.

Alan continue to functions one or two days a week at Intecho, which is a Wise House Devices business in Knutsford.

He will be increasing revenue for two charities that are shut to his coronary heart – Willowbrook Hospice in St Helens, where his mum and sister spent some time obtaining respite care, and Sort, which has helped children and family members throughout Liverpool and Merseyside cope with the consequences of poverty for the past 4 a long time.

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Alan has been a keen bike owner for lots of yrs. He will tell you tales of razor sharp seats and shammy leathers in the times in advance of gel shorts.

Alan Watson

Alan Watson has been a keen bike owner for several several years

Alongside one another with his cycling buddies, Alan is hoping to increase £2,160 – £1 for every charity for each mile protected – with the team carrying out involving 35 and 85 miles every working day.

Alan said: “To do a problem like this you have to be able to do 100 miles a day if vital and I’ve managed to do that four periods in the past thirty day period.

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

Alan is no stranger to biking issues as, two several years ago, he done the North Coast 500 travelling from Inverness along the west coast of Scotland clocking up 518 miles in seven times.

He usually averages close to 2,000 miles on the bike each yr but in 2020 he totalled an outstanding 9,000 miles.

Training for the journey has incorporated a 70-mile spherical journey to Preston past weekend as very well as a 110-mile return route to Nantwich.

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