Heathfield pair cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats for Action Medical Research

DARRYL McPherson and David Groom from Heathfield have completed the ultimate British cycling challenge, pedalling from Lands End to John O’ Groats in just nine days to raise funds for Sussex-based children’s charity Action Medical Research.

The 34-year-olds were among 140 cyclists on the charity’s recent 1,000-mile UK End2End challenge. They spent between six and nine hours in the saddle and travelled around 115 miles every day for nine days solid.

David said: “Completing the ride was an enormous achievement and an experience we’ll remember for a long time. There were plenty of difficult times both physically and mentally but the training and team spirit of all the riders helped us through.”

Darryl and David have raised £4,500 for the charity and received a great deal of support from local businesses, especially Heathfield-based wedding event caterer Super Events and Pennells Carpets. In total the ride has so far raised more than £340,000.

Money raised through the ride will help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Research currently being supported by Action Medical Research includes work around premature birth, cerebral palsy, meningitis and epilepsy, as well as some very rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

Charity organiser Matt Buck said: “Our brave cyclists showed amazing grit and determination.”