Super Rob’s 1,000 mile charity trek

Rob Parker arriving back home in Bispham after his charity bike ride, watched by friends and family, including four-year-old Yasmin Murray. BELOW: After completing the challenge.
Rob Parker arriving back home in Bispham after his charity bike ride, watched by friends and family, including four-year-old Yasmin Murray. BELOW: After completing the challenge.
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A TRIP from Land’s End to John O’Groats is daunting by car.

So imagine completing the marathon trek on two wheels.

Bradley Wiggins move over - Blackpool’s got its very own super cyclist in Rob Parker.

The 42-year-old fund-raiser pedalled more than 100 miles a day for 10 straight days, even taking the odd detour because he “wanted to see the north coast of Scotland”.

It is a heck of an achievement - not to mention enough to make any man seriously saddle-sore.

Mr Parker, of Ingthorpe Avenue, Bispham, said: “The backside is a bit tender and it was tough, especially the first couple of days.

“The hills in Cornwall and Devon are exhausting and it was at that stage I found myself thinking ‘I could be in trouble here’.

“There was also a point where I came within about 10 miles of Blackpool and there was a huge temptation to nip home for a brew and a break. Fortunately I managed to resist, which is a good job because I might have stayed there for good!

“But the whole thing was well worth the effort and given I only took up cycling two years ago, I’m quite proud of the achievement.”

Mr Parker powered on for two reasons, to make his late mother proud and to raise £2,000 and counting for a four-year-old with a serious illness.

Yasmin Murray suffers from Sturge Weber syndrome - a rare condition which affects the skin and the nervous system.

Yasmin receives support from the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Cerebral Palsy Association, which was co-founded by Rob’s mother Alice. She died of cancer, aged 73, in 2009,

Mr Parker, who works at BAE Systems in Warton, received support along the way from dad Bob, wife Sarah, and their children Cheryl, 15, and Katrina, 11.