Jon pedals 200 miles for St Peter's Hospice

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 August 2015

Jon Howarth greeted by his colleagues and Edd Smith coporate fund raiser for St Peter's Hospice.

Jon Howarth greeted by his colleagues and Edd Smith coporate fund raiser for St Peter's Hospice.

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A cyclist battled four punctures and torrential rain to complete a 200-mile ride for charity. Jon Howarth, aged 54, pedalled from Land's End to his office in Portishead in four days to raise money for St Peter's Hospice.

Jon, a senior business manager for One Post, in Martingale Way, took on the challenge to mark the firm’s 10-year anniversary.

He made it back to work at 3.30pm on Friday where his colleagues cheered him over the finish line and presented him with champagne.

He said: “It was very action-packed and had its ups and downs. The first leg went fairly smoothly to Newquay, but the next one was a nightmare because the weather was so awful.

“It started to rain really heavily and I had four punctures. I had a horrendous time going across Bodmin Moor where there was no shelter.

“I was getting a bit concerned as I was very cold, wet through and the sat-nav on my phone wasn’t working so I got lost a couple of times.

“But I was helped a lot by some very kind people along the way and it’s restored my faith in humanity.

“People also donated along the way, which was great.

“I feel relieved to have completed it. I still feel a little bit sore but I’m really pleased I’ve done it. It was a personal challenge as I’ve never done long cycles on consecutive days before.

“I’d like to hit the £1,000 target.”

One Post is hoping to raise £10,000 this year to support 10 different charities and celebrate a decade in the town.

To donate to the appeal visit www.onepost.co.uk/celebrating-10-years

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