Chris Lea has taken time out from his commercial property portfolio to complete the biggest physical challenge of his life.
The Chairman of leading Birmingham commercial property developers Stoford relied on pedal power to travel the length of the UK from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
His efforts raised almost £3,000 for the Prostate Cancer Charity, which Chris was keen to support after seven of his friends were diagnosed with the disease.
Averaging a hundred miles a day Chris who lives in Belbroughton and his fellow cyclist Ian Ansell from Worcester, cycled the 965-mile distance in just nine and a half days.
“I felt elated. It was the biggest physical feat of my life,” said Chris. “The two us were entirely self supported, carrying all our gear on our bikes.”
The duo had expected the trip to take at least 12 days but a 5am start each morning and cycling at an average of 12mph in fine weather saw them finish much earlier.
“We stayed in whatever bed & breakfast accommodation we could find at the end of each day,” said Chris.
“The farthest I had ever cycled before was the 104 miles from Wolverhampton to Aberdovey,” he said. “I’m now looking to cycle the 800 miles from Cherbourg to Nice (in France) next Spring.”