Grandfather cycles 940 miles for charity

Les Slow cycled from Lands End to John o'Groats for charity.
Les Slow cycled from Lands End to John o'Groats for charity.

An intrepid grandfather has cycled the whole length of Great Britain to raise funds for charity.

Les Slow, of Mile End Park, Pocklington, completed the 940-mile bike ride from Lands End, the extreme southwestward point of Great Britain, to John o’Groats, the extreme northern point of mainland Scotland, in 11 days.

The 68-year-old, who is a reverend, was joined by his son Tim and Rich Jones, who is the chief executive of a children’s charity in Bradford called The Joshua Project. Les’ wife Hilary was the support driver for eight of the eleven days.

Together they raised more than £8,000 with Gift Aid and other amounts still to be received, with £1,300 of that going to Young People Count, which supports young people aged 11 to 18 in Pocklington and the surrounding area.

The remaining funds will be donated to The Joshua Project.

Les, a father-of-three and grandfather-of-five, said: “I managed to do the whole 940-mile ride, though I did have to get off and push my bike on four of the hills.

“I was very proud of myself when I got over Dartmoor [in Devon] and then later Shap [in Cumbria] without having to dismount.

“The ninth day of 102 miles was tough leaving me with little left for two days each of about 80 miles.”

The Joshua Project Trust works with children, young people and families whose situations often seem hopeless and overwhelming.