Veteran cyclists complete 950-mile challenge
A TRIO of veteran long-distance cyclists have completed their challenge to pedal the length of the country.
Bill Bennett, Iain Dunnett and Tony Sarafian overcame some terrible weather, as well as experiencing more helpful conditions, to reach their destination of Land's End.
They now reckon to have raised more than £2,000 for organisations supported by Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club, including local scouts and guides, Bristol-based dementia research charity Brace and the Bristol and Avon Multiple Sclerosis Research Centre.
The men, aged 68, 72 and 75, are all members of the club and set off from John O'Groats in mid-April to achieve a long-held ambition of completing the route.
Avoiding the heaviest traffic, they clocked up some 950 miles and despite not wanting to race, even arrived at Land's End a day or two earlier than expected. They then pedalled back to Penzance to celebrate before heading home by train.
Iain, 72, a retired anaesthetist, and Tony, 75, a retired GP, are regulars with the University of the Third Age (U3A) cycling group, while Bill, 68, an agricultural engineer, has also enjoyed cycling for many years.
Tony said: "Our target for the first day was to do 17 miles but we managed 30 under horrible conditions – it was cold, raining and windy – so were pleased to have survived that. It then got better but we did have to go through some floods and we did have one really bad day when it poured with rain. Mostly though, the wind was behind us, which was a help.
"It was good fun and people we met along the way were very nice. One guy in a bar gave us £10 for the fund and a landlady in a pub knocked £15 off our bill to go towards the fund- raising."