A fundraiser for Northumberland Wildlife Trust is back in his home county after an amazing cycle ride across the UK and Ireland.
Lee Ford arrived back in Northumberland on Saturday after completing a gruelling 10-day cycle challenge. In the week and a half on the road more than 850 miles across the UK and Ireland. He passed through five capital cities: Dublin, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and London.
Lee arrived back at the half Moon Inn in Stakeford, Northumberland, to great applause. Lee had to endure many setbacks during the cycle challenge. For example in Ireland he had a puncture and had to make a 9 mile round-trip to get it fixed.
He endure terrible weather conditions although sometimes the weather was better than expected. During the journey he met some incredibly kind people who gave him support food and drink and massages to his very tired and sore muscles.
When not fund-raising, Lee it works as a trainer at Paramount Gym in Bedlington. In 2011 and 2012 Lee has participaged in part in many sporting challenges to fund-raise for the wildlife trust. These include the BUPA Great Winter Run, Edinburgh and the BUPA Great Manchester.
Mike Pratt, Chief Executive of Northumberland Wildlife Trust, was more than impressed when he exclaimed: “Wow, what a star! Most of us groan at the thought of driving 850 miles but to actually get on a bike and cycle that many miles is truly amazing. Lee is an inspiration to us all here at the Trust and just proves that is you want to do something, the only person stopping you is yourself.”
So far, Lee has raised more than £1,000. If you want to support Lee you can still do so by going to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/leeford
Later in 2012 Lee will run in the Great North Run dressed as the Roald Dahl character the Fantastic Mr Fox. He will then head to his first full marathon event – the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon – on Sunday September 30.