This weekend, five keen cyclists from Marshalls set off from Land’s End to begin a gruelling 1,000 mile bike ride for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Taking on the ‘LEJOG’ challenge are Brian Tait, Andy Tyerman, Mark Sutherland, Stephen Cole and Simon Bugeja who work in various roles and locations for the business. We will be supporting the team as they ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats in nine days, passing through 23 counties in England, Wales and Scotland, and clocking up an average of 110 miles each day.
The team have completed hundreds of miles of individual training over the summer, to prepare themselves for the challenge ahead. They’ve also trained together, as Mark explains:
“We’ve completed two training rides as a full team, cycling in and out of England and Scotland. Our first day saw torrential rain and got us used to some conditions we may experience during LEJOG. During those two days we cycled a total of 160km, finishing up in Gretna Green.
We’d experienced completely different weather conditions on one of our earlier training rides in July, on the Coast to Coast route – covering a distance of around 300km. The temperature hit nearly 30 degrees!”
Macmillan has been Marshalls’ charity partner since 2019, and so far we have raised over £247,200 to help fund support for people living with cancer and their families.
Each cyclist has their own reasons for taking part, Stephen Cole, National Logistics Manager, shares his:
“Several colleagues have recently been diagnosed with cancer and I want to do something that supports them and their families. I took up cycling during lockdown and I’m keen to take what might be my last physical challenge before I get too old! I’m riding for my Mum, who is thankfully now cancer free, as well as several colleagues from our Eaglescliffe site.”
Paula Jackson, Partnership Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“Thank you so much to the wonderful team members at Marshalls who are embarking on a truly epic cycling challenge on behalf of Macmillan.
Macmillan is funded almost entirely by donations. We are hugely grateful for the continued generosity of partners like Marshalls, as it allows us to be right there for the growing numbers of people living with cancer across the UK when they need us most.”
Everyone at Marshalls wishes the team well and we’ll be supporting them as they make the long journey to John O’Groats.
Donations can be made until after the riders complete their challenge on the Marshalls JustGiving page.