Val and Keith’s John O Groats to Lands End

UPDATE March 2018… Well Done Val !!

Val says “Cycled 1050 miles in total because we took the quiet roads, not the direct route. Most of the trip was completed in stages in November. We raised £800 pounds sponsorship from friends and supporters.

Thanks for all the support received.

£410 was raised by the ladies of Rossendale Golf Club in various events through the year. Total amount so far about £1200.  This includes £160 on the just giving page.

I did this in memory of a dear friend Peter Ashcroft.  My husband Keith cycled most of the way with me and gave lots of support.
Good luck to all in your anniversary year. It is a great cause.”

An absolutely fantastic achievement! Well done Val and Keith, and thank you both so much for your amazing support! We cannot thank you enough!!


Val has been Lady Captain at Rossendale Golf Club and has supported Heartbeat during the year in memory of Peter Ashcroft.

The golf season finished at the end of October 2017, immediately after closing day, Val and Keith travelled up to John o Groats to get on their bikes and cycle to Land’s End.

Val said, ‘The challenge is very dependent on weather conditions so will be completed in three or four stages but we hope to complete the whole journey during November. We are travelling on quiet roads and tracks and the total distance will be about 1,500 km.

I am hoping to raise funds for a couple of charities and you can donate here to support Heartbeat. I will post updates on our progress as we go.’

To support Val and Keith please click here


John o Groats to Lands End Challenge… Thank You Very Much for all Contributions.

To date:

  • £180 so far for Heartbeat Appeal
  • 330 miles completed
  • We set off from John o Groats on 31st October

Day 1: To John O Groats and Thurso. 20 miles

Day 2: Thurso to Melvich. Into Strong Head wind so short day. 20 miles.

Day 3: Melvich to Lairg: Through Strath Naver. 60 Miles

Day 4: Lairg to Beauly 45 miles

Day 5: Beauly to Fort William Through the great Glen. 63 miles

Day 6: Fort William to North Connel. Bonfire night 42 miles

Day 7: North Connel to Inveraray 35 miles

Day 8 Inveraray to Dunoon 40 miles 40 miles

Resuming the challenge on Thursday 16th November. Starting in Gourock. Cycling to Carlisle 17th 18th November then down towards Stoke on Trent.


If you would like to support Heartbeat whilst doing a challenge please contact the Fundraising Team on 01772 717147 for further information.