It’s been too long since rides for charity were the norm in “the before times”.

Cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End is exceptional at any time!

Intention to mark a milestone in a meaningful way – in this instance, 40th birthdays – can turn into something profoundly life-changing.

John Bentley, Mike Ferguson, John Fletcher, Will Guest and Rob Lawson prepared themselves selflessly over many months for this gruelling 10-day challenge – around 100 miles daily – fundraising via their Virgin Money Giving page to help Innercycle resume activity to support intended beneficiaries.

With heartfelt thanks from everyone connected with Innercycle to each and every donor, supporter and these amazing guys, we’re so grateful for their original target of £2k reached before their ‘depart’ on 31 May from Euston Station, London. By the time their overnight sleeper arrived in Inverness, the second goal of £3k had been smashed, an amazing £6,300 including Gift Aid raised so far!

(l-r) Will, John F, Rob, Mike and JB

Our thanks also to Schwalbe UK for gifted DD Durano tyres – luckily only two punctures and repair to a broken-down support vehicle during the ride!


Likewise, appreciation for all at Treasury Spring who helped to raise profile via LinkedIn in support of their Head of Sales, John Bentley. Great values in action, JB keeping us on the edge of our screens with periodic bulletins!

A shattering yet memorable experience, those Devonian and Cornish hill climbs are said to be more punishing after those Scottish mountains, total elevation during the ride equating to higher than Mount Everest.

Arriving rain-soaked at Land’s End just before 6pm on the final day, well, only those who have taken the time and expended the effort at their own expense – including those in marvellous support throughout via camper vans – can truly know how it must have felt for JB, Mike, John F, Will and Rob. They can take enormous satisfaction from knowing that their magnificent achievement has uplifted so many, contributing significantly for a small charity.

Every day is a journey of ups and downs for people who struggle with emotional distress and mental torment, perhaps 1 in 4 of us. In context, a department may have several members in need of support, let alone a workforce.

Such spirit can sustain – often revealed in vulnerable moments – yet we can learn from pros in any sport, who have support teams. It takes others to help us through, thanks so much to each of you who participated and donated.

Please share this with your networks along with the link to their #JOGLE2021 page, every little helps, thanks!

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