Why Steve didn't fancy a cycle home

PUBLISHED: 13:59 10 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:54 15 June 2010

A MEMBER of the Axe Valley Pedallers has cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats in 12 days to raise money for charity.

A MEMBER of the Axe Valley Pedallers has cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats in 12 days to raise money for charity.Steve Norman, 47, of Bonner's Drive, Axminster, set off on the 930 mile journey - with just one rest day - on May 25 and arrived at his destination last Thursday morning.Steve had already raised £2,700 for Devon Air Ambulance and the Motor Neurone Association before he left and, though he does not know the final sum, he is optimistic that he has reached his target of £3,000. He said: "The cycle went very well, better than expected. I found it easier than I thought I would - but I didn't fancy cycling back."The weather got better the further up north I went. I even got sun burnt on the last two days. "I would definitely do it again, but maybe the other way round or a different route."He said the Axe Valley Pedallers do a lot of work for the Devon Air Ambulance as it was something anyone could need one day. The Motor Neurone charity is one close to his heart after his late brother suffered from the debilitating condition. Steve had previously trained by cycling 35 miles on Tuesdays, 25 on Thursdays, and increasing amounts every Sunday. He even lost 10kg in weight so he could carry 10kg more luggage along the way.


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