Cyclist to face forefits if he doesn't reach his fundraising targetsBy Jon Nurse
July 16, 2012
A cycling Scotsman is preparing to complete forfeits ahead of a charity challenge on Monday.
Jonny Combe will cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats as he aims to raise more than £1,500 for The Children’s Trust.
The 26-year-old, of Courts Road in Earley, agreed to face a series of forfeits depending on the total raised by Monday, ranging from having his head shaved and legs waxed, to wearing his lycra cycling gear at work and wearing an England football shirt as he cycles across his beloved Scotland.
“I think I’m more nervous about wearing the football shirt than I am the cycling,” he said.
“The Children’s Trust do some incredible work and I was inspired by a video I saw of a boy they helped who had brain damage from a car accident.”
The cyclist will be joined on the eight-day ride by university friend Colin White, 26, from Glasgow.
“I’m by no means an experienced cyclist,” Mr Combe said. “I got my road bike three months ago and the first few times I went out I was wobbling all over the place. The training has boosted my confidence quite a bit and I’ve done a few 100-mile rides and they’ve been fun.
“I know that when I’m tired, hungry, cold and windswept, it’s going to be punishing.”
The pair need to average 115 miles a day to arrive in time for their flight home, which Mr Combe must make to return and celebrate his anniversary with his wife Sarah.
“We can’t arrive late,” he said. “I hope we don’t get lost. We’re inexperienced cyclists going through some large towns and cities – we’ll have to wait and see how well it works.”
- To support Mr Combe’s cross country challenge, visit www.justgiving.com/jonnycombe