JAMES Hartley sets out next month on a 600 mile cycling tour of the British Isles to raise money for young people’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
“I will be starting in Cardiff and tackling some of the finest road cycling terrain in Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eire, before arriving in Dublin for a well-earned pint of Guinness,” he says.
But he has had to overcome the obstacle of losing his planned organisational support at late notice.
“This trip was originally organised by an experienced cycle event team who promised to provide extensive support by a team of professional cycle guides, a mobile tented village, medics, caterers, drivers, logisticians and more.
“I was devastated when the organisers cancelled the event just one month before we were due to start. However, I am determined to complete this challenge even without the original support I was offered.”
Now James, aged 38, who runs a business making surgical equipment, has teamed up with two other cyclists to plan the route and accommodation.
He aims to complete the journey in six days and to raise at least £1,800 for CLIC Sargent, also looking to generate something extra for St Luke’s Hospice, which is near his home in Little Common Lane, Whirlow.
“So far I have raised sponsorship through my Just Giving page, I am doing a car boot sale and, along with my family, I am organising various fundraising events to help me reach this ambitious target.”
James cycles to and from his work on the Chesterfield Trading Estate and completed the Nonna’s Hot 100 last weekend – a 100km ride through the Peak District, ending at Nonna’s restaurant and bar in Ecclesall Road.
Earlier this year he cycled 148 miles to Cleethorpes and back but now the training is in full swing. “I’ve never done anything like this before,” he said.
James can be sponsored throughjustgiving.com/jameshartley5nations. He has already secured donations from Serrations Ltd, Kemet International Ltd, Hallamshire Hardmetal Products Ltd, J Warrander & Co and Access Credit Management.