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[p]Donor raffle-see below for details!**[/p][p]---Edit: Due to the way these pages work, I've had to amend the "event date" to be sometime near when I'll be done, rather than when I'm starting. I am still starting on May the Fourth. Cheers! :-)[/p][p][u]The Challenge[/u][/p][p]The basic challenge is riding from John O'Groats to Lands' End, which for most people is about 800 odd miles. But I'm going to do a bit more than that! Travelling all that way, and not taking in the scenery seems a little silly, so I'm going to start at Orkney, and have a little ride around the islands, then go to John O'Groats. I'll be using the National Cycle Network to ride back roads and dedicated cycle paths to take a scenic route down the length of Britain, to get to Lands' End. Then I've got to get myself home to Bournemouth, and the trains from Cornwall are a bit of a pain, so I guess I'll just cycle home from there. [/p][p]I'm planning on doing some Deliveroo work as I ride down, and on those days I'll get a b and b, but for most of the trip I shall be camping. Its an unsupported trip, so I'll have all my camping/sleeping/cooking/safety gear with me on my bike. To train for that, I'm carrying bricks while working my Deliveroo shifts. :-)[/p][p][u]The Charities[/u][/p][p]I'm going to support 2 charities with this ride, donations will be split equally between both.[/p][p]Being around the town centre a lot with work, I see a lot of homeless people, and occasionally chat to them as well. Wanting to help, but not being the most social of people, I've looked around to see how, and Socks and Chocs seemed like a great choice.[/p][p][url=http://socksandchocs.co.uk/][b]Socks and Chocs[/b][/url] (info taken from their site) aim to relieve hardship and distress among homeless people and among those in need who are living in adverse housing conditions. In particular but not exclusively by:[/p][p]The provision of essential items such as bedding, toiletries and clothing.[/p][p]Funding essential health needs which is not already readily accessible such as foot care;[/p][p]By funding short term emergency accommodation particularly (but not limited to) times of cold or otherwise inclement weather.[/p][p][br][/p][p]As a keen cyclist, I've been using the National Cycle Network for years, but only learnt a couple of years ago, that it was actually set up by a charity, Sustrans. I'll be using routes and maps created by Sustrans on this journey, so it only seems fair to give something back. Those little blue bike signs with route numbers on? All created by Sustrans.[/p][p][url=https://www.sustrans.org.uk/][b]Sustrans [/b][/url](Info from their site) have created the National Cycle Network, stretching over 14,000 miles throughout Britain and used by cyclists, walkers, horse riders, and commuters of all stripes. Focusing on sustainable transport with a view to improving health and reducing pollution, Sustrans have been working with communities since they first started 40 years ago.[/p][p][u]About Me[/u][/p][p]After an extended length of time on crutches in my teens, I hopped on my bike and went for a ride up the Taff Trail. This caused my parents some concern, as after an hour or so I wasn't back, and I'd only just been allowed to walk on my dodgy leg again! I haven't looked back since, still going off on my bike and worrying my parents! [/p][p]Now I've been thinking about riding End to End for a while, and having been working as a Deliveroo for a while(a year in May), this seems like a good time. I'm getting plenty of training in by working as a Deliveroo rider, and for safety, I'll be sharing my real-time location with a few people.[/p][p]You can find more detailed information on my preparation and my progress on my wordpress site. Please take a look at [url=https://vacuumdiagramwords.wordpress.com/]https://vacuumdiagramwords.wordpress.com/[/url], thanks.[/p][p][br][/p][p]**I'm going to be visiting the most northerly distillery in Britain, Highland Park Distillery. I'll be bringing back a bottle of whisky, carried all the way from Kirkwall on Orkney. Once I've arrived in Bournemouth, I'll raffle it off to a kind donor. [/p][p]Every pound donated will give you a ticket, so £20=20 tickets. Ticket will be drawn by random number generator, and ticket numbers will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. The prize is a bottle of whisky, hand delivered by me, all the way from Orkney. I'll get it to you soon after arriving back to Bournemouth-although if you win and live further afield, I may rest my legs for a few days first! All I ask is that if you want to enter, pop your details in a message on my blog [/p]
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Every time I saw your updates the song "what a man" by salt 'n' pepa would come into my head. I'm not sure going on an epic cycle journey is necessarily what they meant, but the sentiment still stands. Awesome job Jon.xx
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Jun 28, 2018
I'm slightly in awe of your efforts, been following the blog avidly.
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Jun 25, 2018
James and Helena Hobson
Well done Jonathan.
we met in the village of Verryn, Cornwall outside the local store.
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Jun 21, 2018
Well done Jon!
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Jun 15, 2018
Amazing achievement Jon. All the best.
Jun 15, 2018
Been loving the update blog. You're barmy!
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Jun 15, 2018
Hope the weather stays nice for the rest of journey, very impressive.
Looking forward to seeing you upon your return.