Broken bone can’t stop Rod’s cycle challenge

Rod Alexander after his challenge
Rod Alexander after his challenge
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A man completed a 1,000 mile cycle ride despite breaking a bone in his hand to raise money for a cancer charity.

Rod Alexander, 65, had cancer four years ago and took on the challenge in memory of two good friends who had recently died and to raise money for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.

Mr Alexander, of Chilton, cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats but disaster struck when he came off his bike on the first day.

He said: “Unfortunately I came off my bike on the very first day.

“But having spent months training and preparing and having received so many promises of sponsorship I felt I couldn’t possibly abandon the trip.”

Mr Alexander has raised £5,700 so far and is confident of reaching his eventual target of £6,000.

After returning home he discovered just how badly he had damaged his hand, and has had it in plaster for a month.

He said highlights included crossing Dartmoor and a long climb up to Shap Fell.

“The ride was a brilliant experience. I normally cycle little more than 40 miles per week so riding for up to eight hours each day and sometimes covering over 100 miles was a real challenge.

“I was very apprehensive at the start but after a couple of days we set into a routine and I was able to cycle at a speed that was comfortable and enjoyable.

“The volume of traffic on some major roads was sometimes a bit daunting but this was more than compensated by some amazing scenery in the course of the 12 days.”

Mr Alexander added he might consider another charity ride in the future and that he was quite surprised at how easy he found the challenge despite the pain of saddle sores.

He added: “I have been absolutely overwhelmed by people’s generosity and knowing that I was raising money for such a good cause really helped to keep me going.”

To donate to Mr Alexander visit www.justgiving.com/RodsCycleChallenge