They’re Fit But Cyclists Will Be Tested By Whirlwind Marathon

Sheffield friends Ady Dench and Andy 'Woody' Turner are in training to take on a mammoth cycle challenge this summer as they prepare to cycle the 874 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats in just 4 days.
Sheffield friends Ady Dench and Andy 'Woody' Turner are in training to take on a mammoth cycle challenge this summer as they prepare to cycle the 874 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats in just 4 days.

FRIENDS Ady Dench and Andy “Woody” Turner are both members of Sheffield Triatholon Club and Sheffield Phoenix Cycling Club but they will have to pull out all the stops for a ride this summer.

They are in training to cycle 874 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats in just four days from the start of June.

Ady, aged 42, of Ecclesall, who has his own decorating business, and Andy, aged 29, of Meersbrook, an IT administrator at Sheffield University, are aiming to raise over £2,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care and St Barnabas Hospice in Lincolnshire.

The ride is in memory of Ady’s father, John Dench, who died last December two months after a brain tumour was diagnosed and who was cared for at home by Marie Curie and St Barnabas Nurses.

Ady said: “We will forever be in gratitude to these selfless people who put both the care of the patient and the family to the fore in such distressing times.

“Lands End to John O’Groats has been an idea for a few years now and this family tragedy has given me the drive and ambition to do it.

“And I’ve roped in my good mate Andy to do it with me!”

To complete the challenge in four days, they will need to ride 220 miles a day – a feat even for keen triathlon enthusiasts.