From Land’s End to John o’Groats via Gretna Green, the St Ives man who will marry his fiancée along cycle ride

Lands End to John O'Groats Bike Ride, funraising for Cancer Research, (l-r) Glen Harris and Lesley M

Lands End to John O'Groats Bike Ride, funraising for Cancer Research, (l-r) Glen Harris and Lesley McDougall - Credit: Archant

A FIANCÉ will break off from his 1,000 mile charity bike ride ... to get married at Gretna Green.

Lands End to John O'Groats Bike Ride, funraising for Cancer Research, Glen Harris

Lands End to John O'Groats Bike Ride, funraising for Cancer Research, Glen Harris - Credit: Archant

Glen Harris, 40, was planning to propose to his partner Lesley McDougall at John o’Groats – after he finishes his mammoth journey from Land’s End.

He is cycling in memory of his friend Julian Davies, who died from pancreatic cancer two years ago.

But Glen couldn’t wait that long and is now set to wed his fiancée, who will accompany him on his cycling journey by car, at Gretna Green in Scotland.

Glen said: “At first I was going to propose to Lesley at John o’Groats but we got chatting one night and I got down on one knee.


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“I’ll take a day off from cycling on the day of the wedding and then the next day I’ll be back on the bike to finish the bike ride.”

The painter and decorator said he met Lesley a year ago when they were set up on a blind date – Glen had decorated A’Diva hair salon in St Ives where Lesley’s friend works.

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The couple now live together in Dryden Close, St Ives.

They will spend the week before their wedding sightseeing around Glen’s gruelling cycling schedule as he makes away along the countries’ B roads.

Lesley, 43, told The Hunts Post: “We just thought it would be a fun, romantic thing to do.

“My stepmother is coming to the wedding and I think probably about four couples will also be there.

“Our friends think it is fantastic.

“They think it is really romantic and they couldn’t be happier.”

She was also adamant that Glen “will not be wearing lycra during the ceremony!”

The ride itself is to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Glen’s good friend Julian Davies who died suddenly from pancreatic cancer at the age of 59.

Glen said: “I worked with Julian for around 10 years.

“He did all sorts of jobs and lots of charity work. He was quite a big character and a great person who meant a lot to me and taught me a lot about life.”

The 12-day challenge starts on July 7 and Glen has set himself a fundraising target of £1,000.

INFORMATION: To sponsor Mr Harris go to www.justgiving.com/herecomesharris

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