AFTER getting into the saddle for a good cause, fundraisers were rewarded in style for their efforts.
Fresh from their John O’Groats to Lands End bike ride for charity, Simon Hutchins and Ken Wheeler were given a surprise at the Aldingbourne Country Centre when they were presented with a bespoke celebration cake and champagne.
The cyclists raised more than £2,000 and the Aldingbourne Trust wished to thank them for their amazing achievements in cycling the length of the UK.
After their epic journey, colleagues gathered at the centre in Norton, to present them with a ‘JOGLE’ cake and champagne, and give them a well-deserved three cheers.
Simon, from Chichester, and Ken, from Horsham, both undertook the challenge of a lifetime in the first two weeks of June and completed the famous 993 miles in just 12 days.
Ken said: “The third day was the hardest for me.
“My knees were causing me some pain and I wondered if I could make it.
“But once I broke through that halfway point, the journey was a lot easier.
“We had a great time and met some lovely people; I have ticked something off my bucket list.
“Thank you to everyone who supported us.”
Fortified by cooked English breakfasts each morning, they rode on average 70-90 miles a day, endured amusing tan lines, blisters, four punctures, swallowing flies, treacherous towpaths and never-ending hills.
But the weather was decent and they got to enjoy the classic sights and landmarks of Britain.
Simon said: “As Ken said, thank you to everyone who supported us and sponsored us.
“It was a fantastic experience.
“Riding together meant we provided each other with support to make sure we completed the journey, although I was not aware of Ken’s knee problems – he bravely endured the pain.
“The presentation was a great surprise and our JOGLE cake was a work of art”
Both have links to the Aldingbourne Trust, which supports adults with learning disabilities across West Sussex.
Simon is the Aldingbourne Country Centre manager and Ken volunteers and provides health and safety training for the staff.
The pair’s sponsorship page is still open to donations and you can offer your support at mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/kenandsimon
For more information about the Aldingbourne Trust you can visit the website at www.aldingbournetrust.co.uk