A retired civil engineer from South Shields is swapping his home comforts for two months on a bike, in an attempt to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Ian Hudson, 66, begins his 1,700 mile journey on 22nd August. During the 36 day ride, he’ll travel down the country to Hull before taking the ferry to Zeebrugge in Belgium. Once there his journey will continue southwards through France and eventually cross the border into Spain. After travelling through Spain his trip will end in Seville, Andalucía (southern Spain) in early October.
Staying at hotels and guest houses along his route, Ian is making the trip alone and will carry his personal belongings with him, every leg of the journey.
Commenting, Ian said: “I’ve always been a keen cyclist and my regular routes tend to cover the local areas in County Durham and Northumberland. I have undertaken long cycle expeditions before including a 1,400 mile tour around the entire coast of Ireland. I have also enjoyed rides in the UK, France and Spain, but this is the longest tour I’ve tackled to date!”
“My motivation for this ride is definitely fundraising, plus I’ve been inspired by the heroics of our British cycling squad! Macmillan Cancer Support is such a worthy charity and one that my family and I hold very dear to our hearts – particularly as a number of friends have been supported by it.”
Ian will be tracking his trip on Twitter using the handle @IanHudson2015. Anyone wishing to sponsor Ian can do so via his JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/ss2sev