Monday, 1 July 2013

Dave completes biggest cycle ride of his life!

Fundraiser Dave Luckhurst from near Bishop's Castle in Shropshire, arrived at Land's End at 5:45pm on Thursday after cycling for 39 days and 1,220 miles all the way from John O' Groats.

Hundreds of cyclists every year take on the enormous challenge but Dave wanted to do something different as the regular route just wasn't challenging enough. So he did it off-road as much as possible!

Using bridleways, forest trails, canal towpaths, mountain tracks and disused railway lines, Dave aimed to achieve as much as 50% off road. On a mountain bike, with a trailer! Scotland provided the highest amount of off-road possibilities, ranging from 70-100% each day, but as he progressed south the opportunities became less, so only 15-20% was possible by the time he got to the SW region.

"The highlight has to be going through Scotland where I cycled through all seasons. Spring suddenly caught up with Summer with an explosion of colour and growth - hedgerows and wild flower meadows were awash with colour, it was truly amazing, and certainly a life-changing experience."

"Even after I’ve completed the ride, I’d like to see others trying it, improving it, modifying it, finding parallel routes." says Dave. Find out more at

Everyone at MCS is in awe of his achievement! We are incredibly grateful for the fundraising he has been doing too, which will go a long way to help protect our amazing seas. Dave has raised over £400 for MCS and Greenpeace and if you’ve been inspired you can sponsor him here or if you’d like to take on a challenge yourself, please get in touch with the fundraising team via

Intrepid cyclist Dave Luckhurst stops off at MCS HQ for some cake and to talk about just how much he wants to Marine Conservation Zones work in English and offshore Welsh seas.

and finally, at Land's End after 1,220 miles and 39 days cycling!

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