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Land's End to John O'Groats charity cyclist overcomes chicken tikka low point to raise money for Cancer Research UK


By Chris Saunderson

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CHARITY cyclist Neil Miller admitted he felt like crying on his first night on the road when he was unable to cook his chicken tikka.

Neil Miller cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise fund for Cancer research after being inspired by a friend's battle with cancer. Picture: Becky Saunderson
Neil Miller cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise fund for Cancer research after being inspired by a friend's battle with cancer. Picture: Becky Saunderson

"I didn't bring a lighter for my stove. That was a low point," he joked.

However, he overcame that blow with an early night and some cereal bars and went on to power his way from Land's End to John O'Groats, covering over 1600km in 13 days.

The first couple of days were the hardest physically with some tough climbs but he soon settled into a good pace, arriving in John O'Groats on August 16.

He has so far raised £1445 for Cancer Research UK, in support of a friend who is battling the disease.

Setting off from Land's End.
Setting off from Land's End.

Neil (26), from Elgin, said: "There was a lot of trepidation beforehand but there was not a point where I thought I wouldn't complete it, although it was pretty arduous."

The former Aberdeen University student wild camped most nights, although did enjoy the relative luxury of two nights in a hotel and one in a hostel along the way.

Neil, a former triathlon team member at uni, received great support along the route and encouraging messages on social media.

Neil cycled more than 1600km in total over 13 days.
Neil cycled more than 1600km in total over 13 days.

He wanted to do something positive for his friend, who has has had a rough 18 months with cancer treatment and repeated Covid-19 lockdowns which forced him to shield.

"I texted him after I finished and he came back and said I was a "proper legend".

Neil, who studied business management and real estate at university, starts a new job next week in Dundee in property valuation.

You can still support his fundraising effort online at https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/neils-giving-page-298


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