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Chamber Council Member to cycle the length of the British Isles for charity

A challenging cycle ride the length of the country is being undertaken soon by Chamber Council member Ian Burdekin.

Ian, who heads Chamber’s Retail Sub Group, is the Branch Manager at Waitrose Admiral Park and will be cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats next month to raise money for Guernsey Mind and Cancer Research.

He Burdekin will be joined by two colleagues, Andy O’Keeffe and Rhys Evans, from Waitrose branches in Chandlersford and Southampton.  Together they will be cycling the gruelling 1,100 miles starting at Land’s End – the south-westerly tip of England – through Cornwall, Dartmoor and north along the Welsh border, skirting the Lake District into Scotland, via lochs and the Highlands to the North Coast – until they reach the finish line at John O’Groats, the most northerly tip of Scotland.

 

This will be the second time Mr Burdekin has taken part in the challenge. He first completed the cycle in 2007 in memory of his father who sadly passed away from cancer. Last year his brother also passed away from cancer and so he is taking part again this year to raise money for two charities; Guernsey Mind and Cancer Research.

 

Mr Burdekin said: “The 13 day cycle is going to be tough but something I’m really looking forward to.  Having already covered the distance I know what to expect. Other than the physical challenge, the countryside along the way is spectacular and I’m sure the support from everyone will help us reach the finish line. We will be cycling under the team name of AIR, the first letters of our names: Andy, Ian and Rhys.

 

“Each day we will be cycling an average of 85 miles so we have been training hard to make sure we are as prepared as possible.  Despite this I’m sure there will be a lot of physical and mental barriers to overcome along the way.”

 

Mr Burdekin is no novice to cycle challenges having previously taken part in the Exmoor Beast and Coast-to-Coast but said that this is the most challenging of the three.  A keen cyclist he has been training around the island roads for many weeks.

 

The Land’s End to John O’Groats Cycle challenge will start on Saturday 12 May and finish on Thursday 25 May.

 

To support Mr Burdekin in his fundraising efforts, go to:

Guernsey Mind- https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ian-burdekin

Cancer Research UK- http://www.justgiving.com/Andy-O-Keeffe?utm_id=27

 

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