Geoff Middleton and personal trainer Sam Evans
IT WAS all pain, sweat and tears in a 12-hour charity bike spin in Wirral.
Geoff Middleton and Sam Evans spent 12 hours on bikes to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research.
Their efforts were rewarded with £2,568 raised, along with a charity bag pack at Asda Bromborough.
Geoff from Eastham said: “The charity event was a complete success; Sam and I had lots of support from our volunteers.
“My wife, Deborah, was amazing, as she organised the bag packers as well as keeping our energy levels up with food and drink.
“The first five hours seemed to fly by, but then the cramps started kicking in.
“The pain in my calves was getting quite excruciating, but I plodded on and finished.
“At one point I met a little girl who is going through cancer treatment. I struggled to hold back the tears, she was all smiles and such a lovely little girl. Words can’t express the emotions I was going through at the time. I was honoured to have met her.
“We are absolutely overwhelmed with the generosity of the customers.”
Geoff, 45, decided to do a year-long fundraising challenge in honour of his mum Joyce, who died of pancreatic cancer when he was just 11. In the past year he has lost more than 4st with the help of Sam, his personal trainer from Bromborough.
A series of events will lead up to cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats in just nine days.
Geoff added: “The 12-hour cycle has made Sam and I realise just how tough Lands End to John O'Groats is going to be in September.
“We’ll be cycling more than 100 miles a day – a tougher challenge.”
They have a £10,000 target. Donate to Geoff’s cause at https://macmillan.tributefunds. com/JoyceMiddleton