Land's End to John O’Groats for Medic 1

LeJog - 8th-21st June 2014
This summer Fenella Ritson took part in a cycling challenge to raise funds for Medic 1.She has raised £1913.50 so far.
Many thanks to all of those who donated.
Below are her reflections on the epic journey.

1,000 miles
62,334 feet climbed
77hrs 30mins cycling
34,000 calories burned

Cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats was something I had been thinking about for years but this year I actually did it!!

A fantastic experience and although I could be biased being a native Scot - Scotland was definitely the best bit for me. I was overcome with emotion while cycling through the dramatic landscape of Glencoe and despite the headwinds, which meant pedaling really hard going downhill, that was definitely my best day. Another highlight was reaching Scotland although that was another tough day especially the last 15 miles to Moffat which again were against a strong headwind and seemed to go on forever!!

We had a few wet days although were pretty lucky with the weather. It poured in the Lake District and was torrential going through Kendal ( as a result I didn't even stop at Costa- and my Costa cappuccino was something I really missed during the trip!).  Our way got blocked by a flock of sheep that day which was quite funny as we had to reverse about half a mile so we could go into a lay by and let the sheep and farmer in tractor (with his dog) go by!

Cornwall and Devon were pretty but challenging - lots of short sharp hills which seemed endless! I think I was just getting used to the bike on the first few days so did find the hills pretty tough - but I didn't walk up any or stop!!

We crossed lots of bridges which the engineers amongst the group found particularly exciting - namely the impressive Clifton Suspension Bridge, Severn Bridge, Millennium Bridge in Lancaster, Kessnock Bridge andBonner Bridge.

The support I got from the Emergency Dept was fantastic and really helped me through. I was overwhelmed by the reception I got on my return to work - thank you so much to everyone involved.

LeJog was a fantastic experience - I am finding getting back to normality very tough and my legs are taking a while to recover!!

Fenella Ritson