A gruelling bike ride across the length of the country is a fair challenge for anyone – so spare a thought for the man who set off without doing any training at all.
South Shore resident Roger Evans, 56, is nearing the end of his epic three-week journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End, his latest effort to raise money for charity.
The dad-of-two, who works as a plumbing and heating engineer, has impressed friends and family with his progress so far – especially considering his longest bike trip until now had been to North Pier and back.
But his latest endeavour is not entirely out of character after he trekked across the Pennines last year without doing any training first.
Mr Evans’ ex-wife Fiona Foxley-Evans said: “We asked if he was going to some training for this one. He said ‘no’.
“Last year, at the age of 55, he set off alone and walked the Pennine Way – never having walked any distance before – in order to raise money for two charities close to his heart.
“This year he needed a bigger challenge. He set off alone on July 26 to cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End – a distance not far short of 1,000 miles.”
Mr Evans is undertaking the 838-mile challenge – not including detours – to raise money for Trinity Hospice and Ben Trend Get Involved, which supports sporting activities on the Fylde coast.
But while his journey has seen him take in some of the country’s most inspiring views, it hasn’t all been plain sailing.
He has had to battle burst tyres and blocked roads on his route to the most south-westerly tip of the country.
But he has managed to remain positive as he kept followers up to date with his progress on Facebook.
His journey has so far taken him through Scotland and the North West, via Lancashire, as he made his way south.
Posting yesterday, he announced he was closing in on the final county on his route.
He wrote: “Now at Moretonhampstead on Dartmoor National Park. Just had full breakfast and waiting for the rain to slow.”
He is currently on track to finish over the weekend.
Ms Foxley-Evans said: “His sons Jonathan and Christopher are very proud of his endeavours.”
Anyone wanting to support Mr Evans can donate via his Justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/ roger-evans3