A Solihull businessman has completed a gruelling 700-mile cycle trip across seven countries in just seven days for charity.
Tim Andrews, organiser of the 7-in-Seven Big Bike challenge, pedalled from Switzerland, to Birmingham, taking him through Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Holland.
The 44-year-old flew out to Zurich with 22 other cyclists, including BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Phil Upton and former Big Brother contestant PJ Ellis, on September 22. They were joined by riders along the way with 300 cycling into Centenary Square on September 29.
“The Big Bike challenge is one of the toughest things I have ever had to endure,” said Tim, MD of signage company Hollywood Monster.
“On day three, we were all ready to break. There are various things to keep you going; the team strength, the camaraderie.
“You also had each day contributed to a child suffering from cancer. The pain out on the bikes is nothing compared to what they are going through.
“It helps you find that inner strength to pull yourself through it.
“Arriving at the finish line was very emotional for the whole team and we could not have got through the seven days without the support of not only each other, but also the people back home following our progress and donating.”
The initiative was one of seven, created by Tim, Gus Lunt, business manager at GlaxoSmithKline, and radio presenter Phil Upton to encourage people to get back on their bikes and raise money for HelpHarryHelpOthers, the charity created by Sheldon schoolboy Harry Moseley before he died, to fund research into curing brain cancer.
“I wanted to raise awareness of what the charity is trying to do, and promote cycling in Birmingham and Solihull,” added the father-of-two, from Dorridge.
“Cycling has a knock on effect of having happier, healthier people. You just had to look at people’s faces after they completed the challenge, they were elated.”
Other fundraisers included a Birmingham cycling festival and static bikes set up at schools, businesses and busy areas for people to cycle towards the campaign.
A total of £150,000 is expected to be raised by the end of the initiative this month. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/teams/7inseven.