FORMULA FORDSTER RACES TO LANDS END


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The end of the road; Chris and friends finally arrive at Lands End.

Chris Chisnall, a regular in Class A of the Avon Tyres Northern Formula Ford Championship had to miss the Anglesey double header at the end of June, although he had a perfect reason! He and two friends were busy cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End to raise money for the Motor Neurones Disease Association (MNDA). Having now recovered from the long ride Chris sent us the following report of his adventure…..

At 4:42hrs on Wednesday 7th July 2010 Jonathan Parker, Chris Chisnall & Steven Prime arrived in Lands End, successfully completing 906.1 miles since leaving John O’Groats 13 days earlier. The trip however was not without its ups and downs; on day one only 2.9 miles in, Jonathan had a much too friendly encounter with the highlands tarmac when his heavily overloaded bike decided to throw him off. He sustained minor injuries to his elbow and hip but with the help of a very kind passing Italian family in a campervan we were able to continue without too much of a delay.

The first few days took us down the east coast of Scotland to Inverness where we headed along the Caledonian Canal following Loch Ness & Loch Lochy to Fort William taking us through some of Scotland’s most impressive landscapes.

We arrived in Fort William on 27th June just in time to catch the 2nd half of England’s defeat to Germany in the World Cup. Surrounded by what seemed like dozens of very ecstatic Scots we decided to retire swiftly to the camp site.

For the next portion of the trip we were joined for 3 days by our Dads. They arrived just south of Kendal and were to keep us company over the next 3 days and 210 miles, all the way to Chepstow. We travelled down the A49 taking us right through Warrington where we arrived to a massive welcome from our family, friends and members of the North West MNDA.

For the final leg of the trip we travelled South West through Bristol down towards Devon then through to the final county, Cornwall, as the miles counted down and we allowed ourselves to dream of the finish line. Cornwall decided to throw some of its steepest hills at us; the A30 is a harsh mistress. Our efforts were rewarded on the 7th July when we arrived at our final destination, Lands End. Elated at finishing, our tiredness gave way to the celebration and pride in completion of our adventure.

Thanks to all the generous donations from family and friends we have exceeded our sponsorship target and have so far raised well over £3,500. It’s not too late to make a donation to the MNDA just Click Here

Chris Chisnall