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Rugby star cycles to Lands End

25 August 2015

Performance Squad member and Archaeology & Anthropology student Jordan Brodley, embarked on the cycle of a life time raising money for a worthy cause.

On the 20th July Performance Squad member Jordan Brodley and a friend, left a cold John O’Groats and embarked on the 1000+ mile cycle to Lands End raising money for the Charles SLBG Foundation, a charity set up in memory of a school friend and sports leader who tragically died of Metastasis Melanoma just two months shy of his 25th birthday.
Neither of them had cycled over 60 miles before the first day, and had never cycled together before, they wandered why they had decided to take on this challenge…..
 
Jordan says "Having cycled 125 miles on our first day to Inverness we continued onto Fort William, passing Loch Ness, unfortunately no monster was seen, and then onto Wemyss Bay through the beautiful Glen Coe Mountain Range. Day 4 saw us head off towards Dumfries, our final night in Scotland before we headed onto Kendal, riding into England’s green and pleasant lands at 10.42am via Gretna. The ride into Kendal saw us take on the Shap Summit, a 1000+ foot climb which then dropped wonderfully down into Kendal. Once we were in England the time flew by, spending our nights in Chester, Leominster, Bristol, and Exeter which then brought us onto our penultimate day.
 
By far the hardest for the pair of us we maintained some good speed out of Exeter and onto Dartmoor where the rolling hills (mountains?!) relentlessly reminded us of reasons why we play rugby and, unfortunately, aren't on the Tour de France, yet… Our final day was a breeze, with the sun shining and little wind, something we had been battling the whole time, we left Saint Austell and raced down to Lands End, finishing the final leg before 3pm with the sun still shining down.
 
One of the best achievements of my sporting career so far, completing the cycle in 11 days, we raised over £2000 for the Charles SLBG Foundation. Some amazing sights which we didn't envisage at the start of the cycle we saw Britain in a completely different light to what we thought of it before. Highly recommended for all - I’ll be sure to be doing it again"