WHEN he heard that a fellow magistrate and member of Balsall Common Lions had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, Solihull cyclist Rob Turner decided to undertake a gruelling Lands End to John O’Groats cycle ride in aid of MND Research.
Rob raised over £8,800 for the MND Association, of which Balsall Common Lions Club contributed £1,000
After a recent talk about the ride to some 40 fellow Lions, partners and friends he was presented with a picture commemorating the ride by President the David Hickson and Lion Ross Collins.
Rob, who is a member of Solihull Cycle Club, said he was amazed at the generosity shown by people in support of research into this wasting disease.
The 1,001 mile ride, mostly on B-roads, took 14 days to complete.
“Having to get out of a warm bed each day and do another 50 to 80 miles is particularly mind-numbing, but it helps greatly to know that you are supporting such a good cause,” said Rob.
He added that the hills in Cornwall and Devon were particularly exhausting.
“In total someone had calculated that the ride consisted of climbing up 36,000 feet of hills!” he said.
And when Rob reached John O’Groats his cyclometer was only showing 905 miles, but since he had committed to complete 1001 miles he had to do another circuit of the lanes!
For those who want to learn more about Motor Neurone Disease see www.mndassociation.org.