Hailsham man Bernie completes 1,000 mile cycle

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A Hailsham man who got his health back on track after suffering from high blood pressure has finished a 1,000 mile cycle challenge for charity.

Last month the Express reported how Bernie Lux decided to take part in the gruelling challenge to raise funds for St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Parkinson’s UK.

This time last year the 71-year-old was suffering with high blood pressure, breathlessness and he was three stone overweight.

He’d also never ridden a bike before.

Now he has conquered the challenge and cycled around four hours a day at Freedom Leisure Hailsham to reach the 1,000 miles.

He was referred to the centre by his GP last year to help get his health back on track.

When he retired aged 65, he gave up smoking and saw the pounds pile on but said he felt like a different person after losing three stone.

Bernie became hooked on spinning classes after being encouraged to give one a try by an instructor.

He then struck on the idea of raising funds for the two charities by doing a mixture of spinning classes and cycling on an exercise bike in the newly refurbished reception area.

He completed the challenge last week which saw him cycle the distance from Lands End to John O’Groats. While cycling at the centre people could pop donations in the charity buckets or sign a sponsorship form.

Bernie said: “The staff have been brilliant, they have taught me everything I need to know about cycling and given me so much encouragement.I’m now looking for another challenge.”