The finish after 2000 mile pedal

From left: Neil Manning, Nigel Macvean, Les Roberts, David Greaves and Mark Vallance. (S)
From left: Neil Manning, Nigel Macvean, Les Roberts, David Greaves and Mark Vallance. (S)
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Masham’s Pedal for Parkinson’s cyclists have arrived in London after a mammoth 2,000 mile trip round the UK and Ireland.

The team of six set off from Lizard Point in Cornwall four weeks ago and averaged 80 miles a day as they travelled the length of Britain, crossed the Irish sea to cycle the length of Ireland before crossing back into Wales and arriving in London on Wednesday, July 13.

The team was made up of David Greaves from Well near Masham, Chris Bennett, from Ripon; Nigel Macvean from Rainton; Neil Manning; Mark Vallance; and Les Roberts.

Of the six men, all are retired and four suffer from Parkinson’s.

David said: “The whole ride has been a fantastic success, but it’s been hard work. Two thousand miles sounds like a long way, and it is.”

One of the cyclists, Les Roberts, suffered a broken collar bone after an accident on the road close to Inverness and had to be flown back to London, but thankfully the rest of the team have made it through the challenge unscathed, David said.

“You would think it would have got harder as it went on, but it didn’t. It became like a job to do and we got into a routine of pedalling up to 100 miles a day.

“There were a few aching muscles that day after, but we are all going through a feeling of anticlimax now.”

So far the team have raised almost £20,000 for Parkinson’s UK, smashing their original £10,000 target.

On the way round the UK they stopped of in Stratford-upon-Avon, Stirling and Swansea to set off three new long distance cycling challenges organised by Parkinson’s UK. With the money raised there the team are hoping the fundraising will top £55,000, David said.