High Peak duo saddle up for massive John O’ Groats to Lands End charity cycle

Rick Millward and Nick Adams  both from Buxworth will be taking on John O' Groats to Lands End Cycle challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Rick Millward and Nick Adams both from Buxworth will be taking on John O' Groats to Lands End Cycle challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

After feeling the devastating effects of cancer two friends are getting in the saddle and will be cycling hundreds of miles from John O’Groats to Lands End.

Rick Millward and Nick Adams, both from Buxworth, will be setting off on April 7 and hope to complete the mammoth journey on April 17 in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Nick completed a Lands End to John O’ Groats cycle in 2009.

The 47-year-old said: “All of my friends and family think I’m crazy for doing it again. I’m more terrified than Rick because I know what to expect.”

The duo have been since Rick, 41, moved into the village six years ago. He has sadly lost his mother to cancer and his father has also been diagnosed as terminal as has his wife Amy’s grandmother.

Nick who is an operations manager for Network Rail said: “The idea for the trip started as all good ideas do - over a couple of pints in Buxworth Club one night and as much as I’ve told Rick how much it hurt he’s still determined to do it.

“The first time I did it I had read once that as long as you can manage two days of cycling 50 miles you can tackle Lands End to John O’Groats. That’s not true. I wasn’t cycle fit at all and had to stop and buy bath sponges to pad out my seat.

“Whereas Rick has taken it very seriously and has gone out and properly trained for it.”

Nick said: “We’ve had some great support from Bike Factory for servicing the bikes, Bluefrog graphics for our clobber and Dew Pond commercials.”

They hope to raise £5,000 to support their journey donate at www.justgiving.com/Nick-Adams2016 or www.justgiving.com/richard-millward4.