A Redhill dad -of-three and his father-in law have raised more than £7,000 for charity completing a 1,000-mile bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG).
Rob Hack, 38, undertook the challenge with his father-in-law, 69-year-old Bertram Wilkins, from East Sussex, who has battled prostate cancer. The bike ride took them 12 days to complete with all money raised going to The Urology Foundation, the only charity in the UK that covers all urological conditions, including prostate, bladder and kidney cancer. The Foundation funds research to develop better diagnoses and treatments of urological diseases, and trains surgeons in the latest techniques, such as robotic laparoscopy.
They were accompanied by Rob’s friend Simon Casse.
Rob, who is married to Bertram’s daughter, Michelle, had never undertaken a cycle challenge before, and cycled up to 140 miles at weekends in preparation.
He said: "We completed the LEJOG challenge in 12 days and two hours and I know we are all delighted to have achieved this.
“There was plenty to contend with along the way - bouts of sunstroke, burst inner tubes and tyres, long steep hills and a persistent head wind for the last five days.
“This just made crossing the finish line with Bert and Simon all the more sweeter - a fantastic team effort.”
Rob said: “There was great camaraderie and it was brilliant to spend time with Bert, who is such an inspiration.
"This was without doubt the hardest thing I have done both physically and mentally, but also one of the most enjoyable too. “We all supported each other along the way and we had great support from our families, friends and colleagues, which really helped us in those moments when it was really tough."
Rob continued: “I am very pleased by how much we’ve raised - way exceeding our target. People have given very generously. “I'd like to thank everyone who donated and in particular some of the companies and organisations who have dug deep - Decorative Panels Group and Sadaqat Textiles. “I'm also grateful to my employer, Argos, for donating £1,000. It was really touching that we even got donations from people we met on the way when they heard our story."
He said: “I'm so proud of what we have achieved and for being able to help raise much-needed funds for The Urology Foundation. I just need to work out now what the next challenge will be!''
People can still make a donation online at: www.justgiving.com/LEJOG-JUNE-2014 For more details about The Urology Foundation call 0207 713 9538 or visit: www.theurologyfoundation.org