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We're delighted to say that cyclists Neil and Simon have reached their destination. They set off on Saturday, cycling from St Joseph's Hospice to East Cheshire Hospice along canal paths in memory of Neil's father who was cared for at St Joseph's Hospice in 2012 and his mother in law Anne who was cared for at East Cheshire Hospice the same year.
Simon was riding his modern all terrain bicycle whereas Neil has opted to ride his father's 1949 Raleigh bicycle (original other than new tyres, saddle and chain). We don't know the exact distance hospice to hospice but as canals follow height contours rather than straight lines we think it was around 230 miles. As they are both of a certain age (their words not ours) they avoided intensive training regimes and cycled at a sedate pace enjoying the countryside.
They had plenty of challenges on the towpaths and very full days but they were really lucky with the weather, which was the biggest factor in making it such a fun and achievable journey. We're pleased to report that there are no aches or pains which is fantastic and they completed the challenge in 5 days!
Neil, your father and mother in law would be proud of you both, I know we are. What an amazing achievement.
Their donations page is open, please help them reach their target https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NeilPhillips9. All funds will be split equally between the two hospices.