TAXI driver John Redman is getting set to tackle 100 miles a day for 22 days – on his bike.
The 49-year-old, from Moorside, Sunderland, has vowed to complete the punishing 2,200-mile trip in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, which helped care for his mum Pat, 64, and dad John, 65, as they battled the disease.
“They did such a lot to help them in their final days,” he said.
“I really wanted to do something to help the charity.”
The feat, which will also raise funds for the Sunderland-based Hug in a Bag cancer support group, will follow a route south through York, Nottingham, Reading, Plymouth and Land’s End before returning north through Bristol, Preston, Dumfries, Fort William and John O’Groats.
The final leg will take in Edinburgh, Alnwick and Sunderland.
“It’s going to be tough, but I’m determined to get through it,” said John.
“I’ve been training and preparing for the ride for a while now, and it’s going well.”
In the run-up to the epic ride, dad-of-two John, who is being supported en route by the Cycling Touring Charity (CTC), is appealing for sponsorship and donations.
His friend Paul Short, from Sunderland, is also taking part in the Marathon of the North this weekend in support of the same drive.
“The fund-raising has started well, and we’re hoping to attract a lot more sponsorship and donations before the event,” said John.
“The CTC will be helping me throughout the ride, providing any maintenance and support as I travel from county to county.
“We hope the dual challenge will bring in a lot of money for the charities.
“We both have friends and family who have been affected by the disease, so doing this means a lot to us.”
To support the run on April 28 and the ride, which will take place from July 27 to August 18, visit www.justgiving.com/paul-short896.