John O'Groats - Land's End 2011: End to End Plus

Once again an idea that took hold ages ago has finally come to fruition. After thinking about riding the length of the UK for quite some time I thought it was best just to get on and do it. Which is whatI did from April 23rd to May 6th 2011. Although my training programme didn't start at the same time as deciding that I was actually going to do the ride, and I didn't do as many miles before setting off as I would have liked, I managed to complete the trip according to plan. Which isn't to say that there weren't any problems along the way. I'll get around to putting up a more detailed report soon, but for now there's a more or less accutate map and a selection of photos to keep you going.

I travelled from north to south. There are a lot of people who think that this is the easier way to do it as it is all downhill, but they clearly have no grasp of geography or common sense and so should not be entertained. South to north is generally the preferred direction to make the most of the prevailing winds, but by some amazing stroke of luck I had fantastic weather and tail-or side-winds all the way until the last two days.

Finally, not content just with doing the standard thing on my trips, I also took in the northern and southernmost tips of UK (Dunnet Head and the Lizard), just for completeness and the hard to justify reason of adding some extra miles.

The purpose of the trip was to raise money for the MS Society. The final count has yet to be made, but so far I have raised over £1700. A huge thank you to all those who have sponsored and supported my trip so far.

Raising money for the MS Society - click here to donate.
Over £2700 raised so far - thank you!

End to End and Top to Bottom

1013 miles

14 days

There is a map on the left but it might not appear very quickly.