Son of former St Ives school headteacher takes on Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge for Woodlands

16:40 09 April 2014

Tim Rhodes (left) and Trevor Tiller who are on their way from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Tim Rhodes (left) and Trevor Tiller who are on their way from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Archant

Cycling pals Tim Rhodes and Trevor Tiller have set off on their 12-day mammoth pedal from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Woodlands CentreWoodlands Centre

The friends are taking on the 800-mile challenge in aid of the Woodlands Cancer Centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon.

Mr Rhodes, son of former St Ivo headteacher John, said they wanted to make a contribution to the £800,000 needed to build an extension so more patients can be treated at the unit.

“I have had friends and family who have had to go to Hinchingbrooke for things to do with cancer,” said Mr Rhodes, formerly of Hill Rise, St Ives, but now living in Cambridge where he is a college boatman.

“I don’t think we’ll be breaking any records. We’ll be cycling an average of about 80 miles a day, so we can expect to be a bit saddle sore by the time we get there. But it’s a great cause and it will be well worth it.”

The pair, who met while serving in the Army in the early 1980s, left a foggy Land’s End at 8am on Monday on the 80-mile first leg, a hilly ride to Sheviock, near the Cornwall/Devon border. Yesterday’s riding started in bright sunshine and was due to see them to Taunton in Somerset. Today is Stratford-upon-Avon resident Trevor’s 52nd birthday.

Mr Rhodes, who is 52 and is married to Nina with two children, Katie, 20, and Harry, 19, estimated they would make it to John O’Groats by Friday, April 18.

Their fundraising target was £1,500. To support them, visit www.justgiving.com/Tim-Rhodes1.

0 comments

More news stories

JoJo, brother Jack, and Rev Paul Beard.

Hundreds of people felt the festive spirit in Little Paxton earlier this month at the village’s annual Christmas Bazaar.

Yesterday, 10:00
Noah Sacks

The parents of a five-year-old boy, who had life-saving heart surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital, (GOSH) are taking part in this year’s London Santa Dash to raise money for the hospital’s charity.

Fri, 15:44
Investigation launched after armed robbery in Eaton Socon

Officers are appealing for information following an armed robbery in Eaton Socon on Wednesday (November 30).

Fri, 11:35
Keith and May Cox

There was cause for celebration in Needingworth earlier this month, as a pair of childhood sweethearts celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Get your skates on this winter and enjoy one of the UK's most stylish open-air ice rinks nestled amongst the trees in Parkers Piece Park in the heart of Cambridge

Set in the heart of vibrant Cambridge, The North Pole Cambridge Ice Rink is back throughout the festive season; come and join us as we open from the 18th November through to 4th January.

Read more

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up