President of the Rotary Club of Thrapston and Raunds Alan Dodds was determined to start his presidential year with a flourish.
Alan, 62, joined 10 like-minded cyclists who, in their quest to push themselves to the limit of their endurance, were not content to take the shortest distance but followed a route that avoided the major roads as much as possible. As a result it meant they needed to climb more hills.
The route took Alan from Land’s End to St Austell, over Dartmoor and up to Bristol, into Wales and up to Shrewsbury. On to the Lake District and its challenging terrain, from Kendal to Gretna, Glasgow to Loch Lomond and through the highlands to John O’Groats! The journey took 14 days to complete, covering an average of 70 miles each day.
Alan said: “I found some of the hills of the first few days extremely challenging.
“It was a privilege to see what a beautiful and varied place we live in and to travel the length of it by cycle gave me a great sense of achievement.”
Alan accepted this huge challenge to raise funds for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and other charities supported by his Rotary Club.
He has raised £1,500 to date, but adds that it is not too late to donate via the website www.justgiving.com/Alan-Dodds4.
Just to prove a point to himself, last week Alan ran in the Great North Run and achieved a creditable time of just under two hours.
In the Rotary Club he now goes under the nickname of “Iron Man”, but they deny that each new president has to follow in Alan’s footsteps!