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Alan takes on the Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge for the Air Ambulance


Alan Kelb, ALS Administrator / Student Services at Leicester College decided to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for the Air Ambulance.

Alan, who has worked at the College for over 18 years, set himself the challenge after his holiday was postponed and wanted to do something during his summer leave. He thought that cycling the famous route would be a good way to see more of the country, challenge himself and raise money for a good cause.

As a keen cyclist, Alan cycles to and from work every day which is a round trip of approximately 20 miles. 50 miles was the furthest he had ridden in one go before he started the Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge, which is almost 1,000 miles in total.

Alan allowed himself 13 days to complete the ride and had some ups and downs along the way! The worst moments included cycling through a four-hour torrential downpour, arriving too late to his B&B to check-in so having no sleep, getting lost which meant a six-mile detour and falling off his bike.

However, Alan saw some beautiful sights and was able to finish the challenge with a great sense of achievement (and no punctures!).

Alan said: “The best part was the relief of making it to the end. I was exhausted by then and you could tell!”

Alan’s supporters helped him to raise around £500 for the Air Ambulance, a charity which means a lot to Alan and his family.

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