Lewis Ireland, from our Islington team completed a charity cycle on behalf of POhWER in July.

He cycled for ten days solo and on average covered around 100 miles per day - he camped along the way. He started at Land’s End and finished at John O'Groats. Below is what Lewis has to say:

'The cycle went well. It was very hot which meant that adequate hydration was a challenge, but was helped out numerous times by people all over the country with things such as filling water bottles, giving me a pump when mine broke, offering places to stay for the night and giving advice on routes and places to avoid. I saw some beautiful scenery and ended up with a very shoddy tan. All in all it was a great experience and I’m pretty happy with how it all played out. Highlight of the trip would have to be turning the corner and seeing a very large Loch Ness, a place I’ve always wanted to visit.'

POhWER would like to say a huge thank you to Lewis for completing the challenge and raising a fantastic £1,177.01 for POhWER. 

Donations are still welcome: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lewis-ireland1

Please find below post charity cycle updates from Lewis:

18/06/2018

I’ll be leaving on the Friday morning of 22/06/2018 and hoping to get there the following Monday. The plan is roughly 100 miles a day, split in to four shifts of 25 miles, in the breaks I’ll be able to eat enough food to see me through to the next break. Each night I’ll be camping, in England that will be in campsites but I’m going to make the most of the laws in Scotland and try and wild camp as much as possible.

I’m very excited and feel very fortunate to be able to spend 10 days riding my bike and seeing some of the UK, and I’m hoping I’ll meet my target for donations.

08/05/2018

'I've been recovering from a knee injury for the last few weeks, so I haven't been able to train.

I have a trial run booked in for the end of May where i'll be cycling from central London to King's Lynn, camping overnight and then cycling to Derby the next day. This will be around 230 miles in two days. the idea being to test out all of my kit and see if there's anything else i'll need. I'm just hoping my knee will be okay!

Until then I will be picking the miles back up slowly as to not aggravate the knee'

22/03/2018

Lewis says: I’m about to go on holiday in Devon for the week, and aim to get some good training done whilst I’m there. Other than that I’ve just been running and trying to lose a few pounds of weight (which I won’t have to cart with me across the British Isles)

I’ll be finalising dates very soon and should have an itinerary of daily goals and distances ready to share with you in my next update.

Please keep donating: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lewis-ireland1

22/02/2018

Lewis Ireland has had to move the start date for his cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats to the beginning of May due to a fall and concussion. He has had a rest to recouperate and is now feeling better. He is not giving up and there will be a training update and a picture of his tent coming soon.

There is still plenty of time to donate and show you support and encouragement for Lewis' training efforts so far click here.

'I cycled to Leicester a few weeks ago which was a 100 miles, a couple of 50 miles down to Richmond park, cycle to Cambridge a month or so ago which was 70 miles and then just running in between.

I’ll be cycling back to Derby for Christmas to spend time with my family which will be 120 miles and then I aim to 'get 500k cycled in the Christmas break.'

“ I have started to build the training up slowly so last week was 100 miles, this week should be around 150 and that will gradually build up to about 300-400 in the weeks preceding. There’s lots of high intensity as well so I won’t always need to cover such long miles, just do them much quicker.

I think I will start the charity cycle around the end of march/early April.

I’ll be camping on the go most nights to keep costs down; I may be a little smelly when I get back!".