Our local ITV reporter David Woodland, is attempting to cycle 170 miles from Land’s End to his home village of Milverton in a single day next Sunday. The 51-year-old journalist is raising money for research into Motor Neurone Disease, the illness his father died from.
“I’ve never cycled that far in a day before but I bought a good bike last year and we’re starting at a ridiculously early hour in the morning so hopefully we’ll be back in time to slump into a seat at The Globe Inn in time for a pint at the end,” said David.
“I’m not sure it would be right to say the ride will be entirely enjoyable. Painful might be a more appropriate adjective!”
“It’s good to keep this in perspective though. A friend of a friend is attempting a Land’s End to John O’Groats ride this summer – in 3 days. They’re planning on getting to Shrewsbury on Day 1, that’s 280 miles, Now that’s really shifting!”
Motor Neurone is a nasty disease and is almost always fatal. It prevents the brain from sending messages to the ‘voluntary muscles’, and those muscles wither away from lack of use. The heart isn’t affected but eventually the lungs stop working.
“I know there are a lot of demands on people’s income these days – and there are a lot of people out there fundraising but if anyone could add a pound or two to the fund I would be immensely grateful,” added David
Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis is among those who have put money into the fundraising pot. David has raised £800 so far. If you’d like to contribute the web address is: