Man cycles length of Britain for charity

Cyclist Jon Sharp.
Cyclist Jon Sharp.

A Scarborough man cycled the length the Britain from John O’Groats to Land’s End a day ahead of schedule – and praised family and friends for keeping him going.

Jon Sharp, 27, completed the 976-mile trip on his own after his younger brother Ben was forced to retire at Preston with a knee injury.

Jon managed to finish quicker than expected, in 10 days, faster than the 11 day target he had set himself.

This was achieved after a 149-mile day cycle from Preston to Worcester on day seven, and a “fantastic” final day, cycling 133 miles from Okehampton, Devon, to Land’s End which comprised 7,000ft of climbing throughout Cornwall.

Jon said the final three days were tough, as he was cycling in 30 degrees for multiple hours per day, still very sunburnt. He is raising money for Yorkshire charity Kyles Wonderwall, which provides essential support for families who are bereaving the loss of a child.

It also provides financial support for funerals and headstones.

Jon said: “I am elated to have completed my ride across Britain. Coupled with the intense heatwave of the last few weeks, parts of the ride were very difficult, so I am delighted to have finished ahead of schedule.

“Raising funds for such a great charity and the support I received from friends and family on the bike really kept me going.”

Jon and Ben’s ride started in John O’Groats, the most north easterly part of Scotland, and passed through Fort William and Loch Lomond National Park before arriving in Glasgow.

From Glasgow, they headed south into England passing through Cumbria and the Lake District and through the conurbations of the north west of England.

Once Ben had been forced to drop out, Jon then headed further south through the West Midlands down to Bristol.

From there, he cycled through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, and finally arrived in Land’s End, the most south westerly point of England.

During the challenge, the brothers’ mum Debra said how proud she was that they were giving it a go.

“They have shown great determination from the offset and even when obstacles occurred, they found ways to get around them,” she said.

The duo had been cycling with just their backpacks containing a tent, a camping stove and sleeping bags and averaged around 100 miles a day.

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