On a sunny Sunday morning towards the end of July, four intrepid cyclists – including our Global Alliance Manager, Stuart Lawson – set off from Land’s End to start a 950 mile journey that would end in John O’Groats.
Cycling to raise awareness and funds for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, Stuart and his friends planned the journey to take nine days in total, an average of around 105 miles per day. They passed through Cornwall and Devon before traversing the West England, crossing the border into Scotland at Gretna Green. From there they headed through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and Glen Coe, before passing Loch Ness and eventually to John O’Groats.
There were a few mechanical hiccups to start with. The team were in cycle repair shops on each of the first four days of the journey! Following these issues, the rest of the ride was trouble free. It wasn’t all hard work though; the team even managed a whiskey distillery visit as they passed through the outskirts of Glasgow “it was the only day when we managed to get our planned miles done early” joked Stuart.
“It has been hard work but a fantastic experience” says Stuart. “We couldn’t have done it without the wonderful support of Crown service partners. I’d especially like to thank the generosity of Chris Howe of Langdon Removals, who provided our support vehicle and Stefan Dimitrov of Matrix Relocations who funded some of our accommodation costs.” The support meant that every donated penny through Stuart’s fundraising page goes to the charity.
“I can’t believe the generosity of family, friends, Crown and industry colleagues. I am so grateful for all the donations and messages of support I received. Between us, we managed to raise the amazing amount of £12,500 for CRY and we’ll be making a presentation of the cheque to the charity in the coming weeks.”
What Stuart’s next challenge then? “Having cycled the UK west to east coast, London to Paris and now Land’s End to John O’Groats. I’m going to have think of something different; a downhill or flat route would be a nice change!”