An ambitious Alfreton schoolboy is attempting to set a new record by becoming the youngest person in the UK to cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End in less than 20 days.
Year 8 student Kian Pearson will be just 12 when he tackles the 998 mile journey, setting off from Scotland this coming Sunday (July 22).
The David Nieper Academy pupil plans to complete the journey in 14 days with his dad, Ian, and uncle in a bid to raise £10,000 of sponsorship money for Dementia UK.
Kian’s grandad recently passed away following a difficult battle with dementia, prompting the schoolboy to raise money to help other people with the illness.
Kian said: “I saw my Grandad when he was poorly and it was awful. I just want to help other people who have this disease.”
Kian is enduring an intensive fitness regime in preparation for his cycle ride and is training at Demon Gym UK in Somercotes 6 days a week, as well as swimming regularly and doing practise rides from his home to Skegness.
Ian Pearson said: “Kian has been affected by what happened to his grandad and is 100 percent committed to completing this cycle ride in his memory.
“We are really proud of the effort he is putting into his training, diet and fundraising activities.
“We urgently need more sponsors to get involved and help Kian reach his target.”
Dr Kathryn Hobbs, headteacher at the David Nieper Academy said:“This is a huge physical and mental challenge for someone of Kian’s age .
“He is incredibly courageous and totally focused on his goal.
“It is rare for someone so young to take on such an ambitious challenge, so it would be fantastic if the local community and businesses could get involved and visit Kian’s fundraising page.”
To support Kian’s fundraising campaign or make a donationvisit http://kianjoglebikeride.co.uk.
The marathon cycle stretching between Great Britain’s extremities in the south east and north west takes most adult cyclists between 10 -14 days.
The ride will take Kian through Inverness, Loch Lomond, Keswick and Glastonbury before finishing at Land’s End.