Gary Haigh set himself a New Year’s resolution and it culminated this week with a 1,000 mile bike ride.
He has covered 3,000 miles since January in preparation for the challenge from John O’Groats to Lands End.
At the weekend family and friends attended a BBQ at the Fleece Inn, Elland, to wish him well and he started the ride today (Mon) and expects to finish on Friday.
Gary, aged 30, of Elland, is a maintenance engineer at Marshalls (Brookfoot Works) and decided he would raise money this year for Help for Heroes.
He has friends serving with the Army and has seen the after-effects of soldiers recovering from injuries.
“There are so many brave people that have been seriously injured serving our country that need massive help and that is what Help 4 Heroes is all about,” said Gary.
“I’m here hanging around at home and hearing about people being injured and woke up one morning after Christmas and thought ‘I’m going to do John O’Groats to Lands End.’
“I set myself a target of raising £5,000 but I’m not going to do that with sponsorship so I organised a fun day at the Fleece.”
Gary has been building up the miles in recent months but expects a difficult challenge.
“I have done a bit of mountain biking but nothing up to this level,” he said.
“It’s going to be hard - it’s a long way.”
He will be backed-up by a support team consisting of his father Tim, brother Shaun and friends Chris Lord and Jason Smith.
Gary said he wished to thank all those who had supported him including Emma Clarke, landlady at the Fleece for helping organise the BBQ event and Hill Crest Care and Van Hire, Sowerby Bridge, for helping with the van hire.
Anyone wishing to donate to Gary’s fundraising effort can do so at www.bmycharity.com/longwaydown