Fund-raising cyclists keep it in the family

Luke Shingler and Fenton Moore at the end of their epic ride.
Luke Shingler and Fenton Moore at the end of their epic ride.

AN Alnwick man and his son-in-law battled the elements and engineering as they cycled from one end of the country to the other.

Fenton Moore, 46, who works as a handyman for Homes for Northumberland, and Luke Shingler completed their journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats last month, raising money for Help for Heroes.

It is a charity important to both men as Fenton formerly served in the Royal Navy and Luke is currently stationed at RAF Lincoln.

Fenton offered a massive thank-you to everyone who supported their ride, which they completed on Saturday, July 23.

“We very nearly didn’t get started as one of the bikes was lost in the post,” he said. “That’s when the generosity of people started as Halfords agreed to lend a bike for the ride.

“We then rode into a constant headwind, through three days of thunderstorms, one snapped chain and one puncture, arriving 13 days later at John O’Groats.

“The support and encouragement we received during the ride was immense – people handing over money as we rode, cheering us on, tooting horns – it was fantastic and amazing.”

The money is still being totalled but the pair already have about £2,500.

“Luke and I feel honoured to have been able to raise that kind of money for such a fantastic charity.

“Thanks again to everyone who sponsored us, special thanks to Alnwick Lions. Halfords Bikehut and the Gazette.”

This was the second time that Fenton has completed the around 800-mile route, having cycled it before when he was younger.

He hadn’t done it for charity that time and always regretted it, so jumped at the chance to support Help for Heroes this time.