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Grandad makes smooth progress on bike trek
1:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
AN 80-year-old grandfather is making good progress in his 800-mile mission to cycle the length of the country to raise cash for a charity which provided his ill grandson with a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Denis Hedges, of Old Town, is cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats to collect money for the charity Make A Wish Foundation, which provided his 13-year-old grandson Tom Hyde with a trip to Florida during a very stressful time for the family.
Two years ago Tom was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma – a type of cancer that affects a person’s immune system. He has now recovered from the illness so Denis decided it was a good time to show his appreciation to the charity.
Denis left Lands End at 3pm on Saturday and he made it to Hayle that night, before setting off for Whiddon Down, Okehampton the next day.
On his third day he pedalled 94 miles to Bristol, high winds making the leg particularly difficult “There were some heavy rain showers. I had to shelter through one of them because there was quite a lot of road spray,” said Denis.
His route took him over the picturesque Bodmin Moor.
“I was doing about four miles an hour near Bristol Airport,” said Denis. “The road surface was uneven which makes it harder. There was a quite a bit of wind.”
But the sun came out to greet him as he arrived in Bristol, where he spent the night at a Travelodge.
On Wednesday he cycled 99 miles to Church Stratton, in Shropshire, when head winds were the main obstacle. And yesterday he reached Haydock in Merseyside, cycling 75 miles to reach the north.
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