Mark Parsons, Assistant Principal of Cheshire College, at the finish line of his epic cycling challenge (1)

One of the bosses of Cheshire College has completed a mammoth cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats and back in aid of charity.

Mark Parsons, Assistant Principal of Curriculum, took just 18 days and has raised more than £7,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

After setting off from Cornwall on Friday July 16, Mark rode just short of 1,000 miles from the southwestern tip of England to the most north-easterly point of Scotland, before embarking on the journey back which he completed earlier this month.

He battled through heatwaves and heavy rain, but his spirits remained high as he pedalled with stunning backdrops of the Scottish Highlands, The Shap Summit in Cumbria, Cheddar Gorge in Somerset and the Welsh hills in Monmouth.

Mark said: “The entire ride has been an amazing blend of euphoria, fatigue, camaraderie, along with an enormous sense of achievement.

“The highs have definitely outweighed the low moments.

“I have been training for over a year, and although the ride has tested me physically and mentally, the support from family, friends and colleagues has helped me push through at every level.

“I have been blown away by the number of messages of positivity and encouragement I have received daily.

“It really has been an experience of a lifetime and I am so pleased to have raised a significant amount for such a worthy cause.”

Numerous local businesses supported the challenge, including, Body Perfect (Wrexham), who donated a van for Mark’s support team to travel in, Gym Gear, who provided Mark with a spin bike to enable further training, LA Clothing, who sponsored all cycling clothing needed and Eniga Bikes, who designed, and custom built a brand new bike ensuring that Mark was travelling in style and many more.

There is still time to donate quickly, safely and securely to the MS Society, click here to visit Mark’s JustGiving page.

To catch up on Mark’s journey, click here visit his Facebook page.

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