Keen cyclist Alan Parkinson recently completed 2,010 miles on 2 wheels in just 33 days – all in aid of Queenscourt.
Six years ago, aged 60, Alan rode from Land’s End to John O’Groats, raising £3,000 for Queenscourt and decided he wanted to do another mammoth bike ride before he hit 70.
For his latest challenge, Alan chose a circular route which saw him leave from Rufford and cycle up into Scotland, travel across the east coast to London, through the capital and then down almost as far as Cornwall before heading for Bristol, then cycling across Wales before returning home.
Alan cycled an average of 60 miles a day only taking Saturdays off, staying in B&Bs which had been booked along the way by his support team at home – his partner Jean. It was the fourth cycle challenge Alan has completed for Queenscourt.
“It was very tough at times, a bit cold and wet, especially in the first week when I got drenched at times,” said Alan. “I was determined to do the miles that I had set as my target, which even meant zig-zagging a bit in Wales to clock them up.”
Alan has so far raised at least £1,850, mainly from family and friends, but you can still support his efforts by donating at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alan-parkinson5