Tuesday, 16 June 2009


Started off from Launceston at about 8.30am and had a fair few downpours before reaching services near Redruth for a dry off and some lunch. Set off again for the last 30ish miles in pouring rain but after half an hour the sun came out, shining brightly. At about 4.30pm the cyclists came over the hill towards the finish line and were cheered in by a big group of friends and family. After photos and getting their route stamped, the bikes were loaded into the trailer and it was off to Falmouth to get ready for the charity auction at Mango Tango.


82 miles
TOTAL - 922 miles


Set off on a lovely day but with some still suffering from the dodgy tummies!! Nathan suffered a couple of punctures. They stopped at services for lunch and were met by Me (Lisa) and Josh. After lunch it was on to Launceston to the campsite to get some rest before the final day.

90 miles
TOTAL - 840 miles

Sunday, 14 June 2009


Got to the cemetary at 8am, after an hour's tinker time and Nathan cycling off to get his new gears and chain fixed. They set off at 9.15am. They made good time to the other side of Bristol, but everyone was hit with a dodgy tummy. They arrived at the campsite at 7pm and went off to a local Harvester for some grub.

95 miles
TOTAL - 750 miles

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Article in West Briton:

Carl takes on epic cycle ride in memory of 'cheeky' niece
Wednesday, June 10, 2009, 12:37

AN auction is to be held in Falmouth on Monday in support of a Hayle man's epic cycle ride in aid of the charity, Young at Heart.

Carl Adams is one of a team of nine currently cycling from John O'Groats to Land's End in memory of his niece, Sophia Williams, who died last year aged just two.

"Sophia was cheeky and into everything a young child gets into and was loved by us all," said Carl.

"For nine months, Sophia was a healthy little baby and then without warning she suffered a cardiac arrest.

"This proved to be the start of numerous visits to the hospitals and specialists.
"Although totally dedicated, they were unable to save Sophia.
"After much deliberation with friends and family, we made a decision to celebrate Sophia's short life and in an effort to make a difference for other mums and dads who are and will go through similar circumstances, we set up Sophia's Legacy.

"A group of ordinary people have decided to raise money for Sophia's Legacy and through Young At Heart, a dedicated charity which helps babies and children suffering from various heart diseases and disorders, we could not find a better way of making a difference."

The team set off from Scotland on Saturday and are due to reach Land's End on Monday.
To mark the achievement, and boost fund-raising, Carl has organised a charity auction, to be held at Mango Tango that night.

The evening will be hosted by Pirate FM's James Dundon, and will also include entertainment from New Zealand singer/songwriter, Michael Scorey, who has toured with the likes of Elvis Costello and INXS.
There will also be a DJ and karaoke.

Among the items to go under the hammer are paintballing for eight people, a buffet for 20, bowling for four, Fal River cruise for four, a midi moto bike and a Wii accessories bundle.
There have also been some "personal promises" made which include the services of a handyman for a day, a two hour French lesson and an outdoor climbing session for two.

"The generosity of local businesses has been overwhelming," said Carl.
Support from one Falmouth business came in the form of Carl's bike.
Sarah and Mike Slater, of Annie's Kitchen in Church Street, donated the bike which Carl is currently peddling across Britain.

Entry to Monday's auction, starting at 7pm, will cost £1.50 with all the money raised going to Young at Heart.

Friday, 12 June 2009


Started off at 10am, stopped off at Ludlow at about 12 then carried on cycling towards Hereford!!! Surprise at Leominster, where Lisa, Joshua, Christine, Nerys, Naomi, Elise and Keira were waiting with banners and lots of whooping!!!! Then everyone made our way up to the cemetary, the group came up the road in a cluster (looked amazing) and everyone made their way over to Sophia's grave. It was very emotional!!!

48 miles

TOTAL - 655 miles

The Cyclists:

Thursday, 11 June 2009


They started at 10.30am from Preston but had a slow day due to some injuries. Carl's knees are really troubling him now and Jon is having problems with his achilles tendon. They arrived in Shrewsbury at 8.15pm.

84 miles
TOTAL - 607 miles


Here's our bit from the local paper:-

It says:

"A Hereford couple whose baby died of heart problems are saddling up for the charity that supported them. John and Louisa Williams' daughter, Sophia, died from heart failure last year. The Bobblestock couple were at the two-year old's bedside at Birmingham Children's Hospital.
But they weren't alone - Young@Heart provided vital support adn now the couple want to repay them. Seven friends and family members have joined the pair on a fundraising cycle ride from John O'Groats to Lands End. The team travelled from across the UK to start the nine-day adventure last Saturday.
Louisa, who is helping the support team, said "We started talking about it in September and were going to keep it in the family, but the word got out and other people wanted to get involved."
Young@Heart is based in the hospital and provides support and respite for parents of chidren suffering from heart problems.
Sophia suffered a cardiac arrest at nine months and spent Christmas 2006 in hospital. She made a good recovery but her problems returned and died on Mother's Day, 2008.
Her parents, who released three pink balloons on her birthday, have already raised £2,000 through a concert at Newbridge Farm Park, and are confident of reaching £10,000.
People can support them by visiting cycle4children.com."