A chartered accountant from Sheffield has jumped on his mountain bike to help keep the wheels turning for a charity – and it turned out to be one of the most taxing challenges of his life.
Martyn Weatherall, aged 56, totted up a gruelling 150 miles over some of the UK’s steepest hills – pedalling from Whitehaven, Cumbria, across the Pennines to Sunderland – in three days and climbing a total of 11,000 feet in ascents.
Martyn, senior partner with Sheffield-based independent chartered accountants and specialist business advisors Hawsons, of Glossop Road, said: “I’ve never done anything like this before and it was extremely enjoyable but tough.
“I’ve driven over the Pennines many times but never quite realised just how long and steep some of those hills are.”
He joined a group of 14 friends for the ride, and has raised more than £4,500 so far for the Weston Park Cancer Hospital charity.
Members of the group, known as Big L, are mostly novice cyclists and have all been touched by major illness to family or friends. The combined total from the ride stands at more than £20,000.
Martyn added: “We are all delighted that our efforts have raised so much.
“For me, I suppose it all started off as a bit of a mid-life yearning after sitting at a desk for 35 years and turned into a worthy charity ride.
To sponsor Martyn visit www.justgiving.com/Martyn-Weatherall