WHAT started off as a 50th birthday challenge turned into a much more personal issue for a Tarporley man who cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Dean Taylor, of Oaktree Close, challenged himself to do the gruelling ride 12 months ago for charity, but not long after setting himself this task, his sister Donna Jarrett was diagnosed with breast cancer.
After undergoing intensive treatment, Donna lost her battle with the disease in August. Dean hopes to raise £4,000 for Breast Cancer Care.
Dean said: “Me and my mates are doing this for Donna’s memory and for anyone else and their families who are or have been affected by Breast Cancer.”
Dean has been training hard by cycling to work at the Shell Thornton Research Centre, Ellesmere Port and back, covering about 120 miles a week. He has a strong support team of four friends, who will be following him with a support van.
Dean left Land’s End on September 11 and arrived in John O’Groats on September 30, his birthday.
He said: “When we arrived at the finish we found the support team with a fantastically decorated support van.”
Dean kept a blog of his progress, which is at deanolejog08.blogspot.com
He has raised £2,800 toward his target. Anybody wishing to sponsor him can go to www.justgiving.com/d3an