Land's End to John O'Groats Cycle
22nd to 31st July 2010
(L-R William Mitchell, DJ MacLeod, Lewis MacLeod, Callum Curry, Willie Mitchell)
Over the 10 days we have followed their incredible journey, keeping in close contact with Ian and Chrisell (DJ & Lewis’ parents), who I’m sure by now feel that they have cycled the entire route with them and we have looked forward to the updates coming through each night. We were always relieved to know they had reached their planned destination safely – actually by the third or fourth update we were much more worried about Callum’s safety than D J or Lewis.
The Leanne Fund also wish to thank Ian and Chrisell who have worked tirelessly in front of and behind the scenes not just in supporting the boys but also in raising the profile of the Fund - from the huge amount of work and effort they put in to the Tong dinner which was a massive success, to all the work they put in to raise awareness of the cycle at local shows, with publicity and gaining sponsorship for the event – we are so grateful to them for all their hard work and their incredible heart to help the Fund.
Thanks also to everyone who came along to show the boys support when they crossed the finish line at John O’Groats and to everyone who supported the event in any way.
DJ and Lewis are pictured below presenting a cheque for the amazing total of £8,500 to Willie and Chrisetta Mitchell of The Leanne Fund.
Please show DJ & Lewis your support by sponsoring them at www.justgiving.com/DONALD-MACLEOD
Hi, this is our first progress report on how things are developing regarding the cycle. My brother and I have written two separate accounts on how we feel training etc. is progressing for each of us.
So far for me, training for the cycle is progressing steadily. I can feel my fitness improving day by day and with each cycle I feel more comfortable on the bike, at least as comfortable as is possible with the saddle on road bikes. I can also feel my confidence growing, particularly riding on the busy road’s here in Aberdeen as it is in Aberdeen I reside. This however does create one issue regarding the difficulty for Lewis and I to train together, though we did manage to get numerous bike rides together when I was up in Stornoway for the charity dinner last week. Each cycle went very well with both of us riding at the same level of fitness, that being at a level we are both content with at this stage in our training, though we are both fully aware that training will now become more difficult and intense as the weeks go by.
Regarding the dinner on 17 April, everything went very well indeed with a total of £1700 profit raised that will be donated directly to ‘The Leanne Fund’ which we could not be happier about. We had over 130 guests sitting at the dinner along with raffles etc. so the dinner was a complete success which was excellent as well as a massive relief. All in all I am happy with my progress and hope to continue progressing at a good pace.
I’ve been working on my fitness now for several months, since October last year to be exact. I started off doing quite a bit of swimming to get my stamina up which has worked really well for me. I was going to the pool twice a week and it really helped me before I got started on the cycling. Now since we have got out bikes I’m out on the road every second day through the week. At first I was finding it pretty difficult against the weather, especially since it’s not so great up on the island, but I’ve done a few weeks now and I’m definitely getting a lot more comfortable on the saddle! It’s pretty difficult against the wind but once I find my rhythm it doesn’t slow me down too much. It’s important to go out in all kinds of weather because we need to be prepared for anything when the time comes!
DJ was at home recently for the fundraising dinner which was a fantastic success. We managed to go out cycling together to see what stage we each were at. I thought I would be lacking in pace compared to him but he was very impressed with my progress and I was up to exactly the same stage he was at which was excellent. On the whole I feel I’m getting on very well so far and things can only get better.
We would also like to mention Callum Curry who will be driving the support van throughout the cycle (for route details check the map above). We will be relying on him for both maintenance and motivation throughout the cycle so he is an integral part of our challenge.
All in all things are progressing very well so far, and we will be sure to post further updates on the website in the near future. Take care.
We would like to sincerely thank the following local businesses for their very generous contributions towards the cycle and dinner expenses and the raffle prizes.
We are hoping to set up a blog on the site within the next few weeks in which we will post our progress with regards to training and also any other details regarding the cycle.
Thanks for your time.
DJ and Lewis.
To follow our progress, download the file below...