Jonny goes that extra mile or 140

Jonny Connop who completed the Coast to Coast cycle challenge twice in two days, raising money for the Percy Hedley Foundation.
Jonny Connop who completed the Coast to Coast cycle challenge twice in two days, raising money for the Percy Hedley Foundation.

A CYCLIST went the extra mile – and several more – for a charity close to his heart.

Personal trainer Jonny Connop, co-owner of Sports Therapy North East, not only completed a coast-to-coast bike ride in aid of Killingworth’s Percy Hedley Foundation but also did the return journey too.

He completed the gruelling trek from Tynemouth to Whitehaven within 24 hours, then cycled back to North Tyneside, covering a total distance of 280 miles.

Jonny set off at 11am on Friday, August 5, arriving in Whitehaven the following day at 8.24am. He then immediately turned around for the return journey, arriving back in Tynemouth at 7.40pm.

Des Bustard, director of fundraising for the foundation, said “This was an amazing achievement, made even more incredible by the horrendous weather conditions that made this challenge more difficult than ever.

“I am constantly amazed at what our supporters put themselves through to raise funds for us.”

Jonny said “I have been a supporter of the Percy Hedley Foundation for a few years now, usually helping out with massage at the end of the Great North Run.

“This year I fancied a bit of a challenge for myself, and I know the foundation is trying to raise money for a new hydrotherapy pool.

“I really enjoyed the challenge myself but to know that it is helping raise funds for a worthwhile cause makes it even better.

“I’m busy thinking up the next challenge for 2012, maybe cycling from John o’Groats to Lands’ End.”