Hedley returns home after his big charity bike ride

Hedley Heron returning to Rothbury after his mammoth bike ride
Hedley Heron returning to Rothbury after his mammoth bike ride

A mart foreman has returned from a charity bike ride across the country and says he enjoyed every second of it.

Hedley Heron, 56, from Rothbury, arrived back at Tomlinson’s Cafe in the village at lunchtime on Sunday after leaving from the same spot on July 19 to cycle to Land’s End, then John O’Groats and back to Rothbury.

And despite the 1,700 miles, high temperatures and sometimes difficult conditions, Hedley enjoyed the entire trip, which was in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance.

He said: “I have nothing to recover from, I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was fun.

“It was very hot at times, I got sunburnt a bit and it was hard work.

“There was one day when it was really hot and there was so much traffic that it took until 2pm for the caravan support team to catch up with me for breakfast.

“I did my best cycling first thing in the morning and in the evenings when it was cooler.

“When you do something like this you set off and think why have I done this?

“But for me I never got that feeling, I just enjoyed it all.

“I am pleased I have done it and I just hope that we get in some more sponsorship.”

So far Hedley has raised over £8,000 but his target is £20,000 – as he wants to beat the £18,000 he raised doing a similar event a few years ago.

Along the way Hedley stopped over at campsites and bed and breakfasts and said he was ahead of schedule on the last leg.

“I set off from Dalkeith on the Saturday and with 11 miles to go I was ahead of myself so I hid away somewhere for the afternoon so that I arrived back on the Sunday lunchtime,” he said.

Hedley is still taking sponsorship for the challenge, to find out how to donate visit gohedleygo.blogspot.com