Three-wheel marathon

Mike and Kellie Hopley
Mike and Kellie Hopley

WHEN it comes to travelling from John O’Groats to Lands End, most charity fundraisers opt for two wheels.

But Sheffield haulage contractor Mike Hopley opted to go one better in aid of St Luke’s Hospice.

He covered the 1,000 miles on a recumbent trike, a three-wheeled bicycle that places the rider in a reclining position, to raise almost £5,000.

“I’ve wanted to do the journey ever since I was a teenager and just never got round to it,” said Mike, of Firth Park.

“When my 50th birthday approached, though, I realised it was a case of now or never, especially after I lost a good friend, which reminded me that I should start to do all those things I’d always talked about.

“And because my mother had always supported St Luke’s Hospice, I decided that I may as well turn it into a fundraiser and do something positive.”

As a keen recumbent trike enthusiast, Mike had daughter Kellie, aged 24, as his only travelling companion, on two wheels.

Fundraising was boosted by sponsorship deals with two Sheffield companies, World of and Mann Metals.

“I was overwhelmed by the generosity of people we met along the way, too,” said Mike.