13-year old completes 975 mile cycling challenge in the fight for every heartbeat

3 September 2015        

Ned Craddock

One day after his thirteenth birthday Ned set out to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for our life saving research.

Ned and his father, Anthony, cycled between 70 – 100 miles each day. They encountered the unpredictable summer weather, challenging terrains, punctures and nose bleeds. The father and son team raised an amazing £2,475 for our life saving research

The Ride

Ned explains: "Just before setting off I did question whether or not I was crazy, but it feels amazing to think I have completed it. 

"Within the first few days I quickly learnt that England was not as flat as I first thought. Two days in and we had already completed 1,245 meters of climbing! 

"The final day saw us cycle around 70 miles to the finish line. We were totally exhausted but overjoyed that we had finished the ride.

"We were pushed on to the finish line knowing that we had raised over £2,000 for the BHF. 

"The icing on the cake was the morning after we had finished the challenge we chose to abandon our plan to cycle through the rain to the train station and get a taxi instead. The taxi-driver was so impressed by our challenge he asked to donate the fare to our fundraising effort. It was the perfect end to an amazing two weeks.”

If you are inspired by Ned's challenge you can donate to his fundraising page, simple visit JustGiving.

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