A friend of Sergeant Stewart Sparling has raised more than three thousand pounds during an epic bike ride for the Treble One Trust set up by Stewart before he sadly died from Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
Geoff Allard cycled an outstanding 992.7 miles (including a few wrong turns) from Land’s End to John O’Groats in the ‘Deloitte Ride across Britain’ challenge raising an incredible £3170. The Treble One Trust was set up to fund specialist equipment for people with MND and was named after Stewart’s collar number – 111. Stewart sadly lost his courageous battle with MND on 20 June 2015 aged 44.
During the nine day challenge Geoff cycled through 23 counties in England, Wales and Scotland with an average speed of 15.4mph. Whilst he didn’t get any punctures, there were a few minor technical errors that were easily resolved and impressively only one fall (however, Geoff stated this wasn’t whilst cycling!!)
The rural route meant Geoff could only update those back home via text when there was enough signal, due to internet being scarce. In the meantime, whilst busy pedalling, his daughter Holly, helped log the daily diary of events.
Months of training and support from friends and family, as well as friends met along the way, helped the gruelling journey, fortunately; only 70 out of the 990 miles had light rain. Lots of laughter helped the team cycle twice the height of Everest, encouraging themselves and one another to get to the top of the country.
Posting a picture of his medal at the finishing line on Facebook, Geoff said; “The logistical organisation of getting such a large group of riders across the whole of Great Britain along with tents, showers, toilets, catering, medics, mechanics etc. was amazing and a credit to the organisers, ‘Threshold Sports’.
The camaraderie between hundreds of cyclists representing countries round the world of all ages kept everyone going. If anyone had a bad day there was always someone on hand to assist and cheer them up. As well as this achievement I also made what I hope to be some long lasting friendships.”
The cycle may have come to an end but the charity has many future events lined up, all of which can be found on their Facebook and Website (linked below).
Source:: Leicestershire Police News