Les saddling up for gruelling charity ride

Gearing up...Les Slow.

Gearing up...Les Slow.

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A 68-year-old reverend is gearing up to cycle the whole length of Great Britain to raise funds for charity.

Les Slow, of Mile End Park, Pocklington is hoping to pedal 943 miles 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 father-of-three and grandfather-of-five will be joined by son Tim and Rich Jones, who is the chief executive of a children’s charity in Bradford called The Joshua Project. The money Les raises will be equally split between The Joshua Project and Young People Count, which supports young people aged 11 to 18 in Pocklington and the surrounding area.

Les said: “I am not sure that I will be able to manage the whole cycle ride but hope to complete at least half of it and not just the downhill sections.”

In May 2012 over four days, Les rode the 300 miles from London to Paris with six other people, including his two sons, in aid of The Joshua Project. Together they raised more than £20,000.

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

To support Les and make a donation visit www.sponsorme.co.uk/lesslow.