Stephen cycles the country for Legion

Rotary Club man Stephen Bath at John O'Groats. Photo: Jim Duckett. EMN-150510-131620001
Rotary Club man Stephen Bath at John O'Groats. Photo: Jim Duckett. EMN-150510-131620001

A well known businessman and past president of the Rotary Club of Sleaford, welcomes a challenge in whatever form when it comes to supporting charitable causes and the latest has seen him cycle the length of the country.

Helping to set up a school in Gambia, vaccinating children in India against polio and providing aid to the victims of a devastating hurricane in the Philippines are but a few of Stephen Bath’s ventures already undertaken.

He announced in October 2014 that he was signing up with Discover Adventure, fundraising events specialists, to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats starting on September 1, 2015, specifically to raise funds in support of the Sleaford Branch of The Royal British Legion and the Rotary Club of Sleaford’s approved charities.

With only 10 months remaining before the starting date Stephen embarked on a strict daily training programme repeatedly cycling the length and breath of Lincolnshire and neighbouring counties in an effort to experience both flat and hilly conditions similar to those he was sure to encounter.

Such was his determination to succeed that by the time he finally met up with the other 45 like-minded cyclists for the start in Penzance he had clocked up a mind boggling 6,000 miles.

Over 11 days later he completed the challenge arriving at John O’Groats after cycling a distance of 969 miles.

Whilst the weather along the route had been very good allowing him to see some fantastic scenery and meet some lovely people, his response to the question, “Would you do it again” was “Not a chance”.

Already the proceeds from his efforts have totalled over £3,000 with more to come.