King’s Lynn’s Stuart gears up for cross-country charity challenge

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A twelve-day cycle from Cornwall to Scotland, fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support, is the goal of a team of 26 from West Norfolk.

Stuart Howard, 46, from Lynn, is one of 26 people cycling from Land’s End, Cornwall, to John O’Groats, Scotland, in a 984-mile mission to raise money for Macmillan.

Averaging around 90 miles a day, Mr Howard has already exceeded his £1,500 fundraising target and now hopes to raise as much as he can for the worthy cause.

He said: “I decided to take part in this challenge because to me it is a very tough cycle.

“I have never done anything like this before in my life, so to complete it would be a very great personal achievement. And, along the way, to be able to raise as much as I can for Macmillan Cancer Support who do a fantastic job in supporting people with cancer and their families in a difficult time.”

Setting off on August 29, the team will be journeying up England and into Scotland in seven-hour bursts and resting the night in various hotels.

The experienced cyclist has been preparing for the 984-mile mission by cycling between 130 to 200 miles each week.

Mr Howard added: “I have done a couple of rides in the Lake District before for Macmillan which was very pleasing. That was 110 miles in one day, but this is a different cycle ride altogether, cycling between 80 to 100 miles a day for 12 days. It will be very tough for me.

“I am funding the trip myself, so all donations will go to the charity.”

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