Stuart’s cycle ride journey

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Thousands of pounds have been raised for charity after an Eastbourne dad pedalled 900 miles in challenging conditions.

Stuart Mole travelled from John O’Groats to Lands End and completed the fundraiser in nine days.

The 39-year-old was inspired to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK after his father died from the disease.

He also raised cash for Macmillan Cancer Support and so far he has boosted the charities’ coffers with a total of £2,600 which will be split between the two.

The father-of-two, who lives in the Bridgemere area, kept a blog of his journey which documented the highs and lows.

Mr Mole, who has been training regularly for the fundraiser to keep fit and cycling around 200 miles per week, said taking in the scenery was one of the best parts of the challenge but that the weather could make conditions difficult, adding, “The first three days were fantastic, the weather was good and then I got to Gretna and it started raining and over the next four days it was almost constant rain down to Cornwall.

“In the Lake District there were winds of 20 to 25mph with rain in my face and it felt like razors and that was probably the hardest bit.”

Along the journey, which was often hilly, he suffered many aches and pains but was spurred on by relatives he met along the way.

During the challenge, which saw him complete on average 110 - 130 miles a day and a total ascent of 47,725ft, the Eastbourne resident travelled from Wick to Inverness, Glenfarg to Gretna and Launceston to Lands End, calling in at Cheddar, Chorley and Bromsgrove.

Mr Mole, who works as a purchasing manager for BBV Limited in Hailsham, started the challenge on Thursday May 23 and completed the fundraiser on Friday May 31.

He was met at the end by members of his family.

Of the final day he said, “Seeing my family at the end was pretty amazing.

“With the last 10 miles to go I was thinking it was a shame it was coming to an end but knowing I was going to see my family was great.”

The keen cyclist, who stayed in B&Bs during the nine day cycle ride, added, “I feel proud to have raised money for the charities and it’s a good sense of satisfaction to be able to do that without having an organised team around me.”

People can still donate to the cause by visiting the website: www.stuartmole.co.uk and click on the charities/how to donate link.

The blog can also be read on the website too.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and more than 34,000 men are diagnosed every year in England. Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical and financial support and pushes for better cancer care.