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Cheshire Educator takes on Land’s End to John O’Groats… and back Charity Cycle!

Mark Parsons, Completing the one-way challenge for the first time

A local Assistant Principal is due to take on the 1900-mile challenge, ‘Land’s End to John O’Groats – as the crow flies’, and back, over 18 days in aid of Multiple Sclerosis Trust (MS Trust).

This particular return route has only ever been completed by eight other people and Mark Parsons hopes to make it nine when he sets off in July.

Mark began his career as a professional chef, working alongside renowned chefs such as Gary Rhodes. Now Assistant Principal at Cheshire College – South & West, his role and responsibilities include the leadership and management of curriculum, embedding the College’s mission and values to staff and learners.

Throughout his career, Mark has developed a range of relationships with businesses who are sponsoring the challenge by donating food and drink, clothing, equipment and much more.

Mark commented: “This will test me both mentally and physically at every point of my ride, but I truly believe it will all be worth it. I chose to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis Trust as various people within my life have battled with this terrible disease and nearly everyone knows someone who is living with MS.

“I started my training in July 2020 and have been gradually been increasing the length and incline of each ride. Lockdown has made this incredibly difficult at times, as I am limited to the miles I can do locally, however getting out every day in the fresh air and pushing myself has been great for my wellbeing.

“I am lucky to be surrounded by such supportive family and friends. My son, Jack, is a keen athlete. He has competed for Wrexham Swimming Club since a young age and continues to go from strength to strength with his sport. He has been training with me and hopes to complete a short section of the challenge as well. He is only 13, but his stamina and ambition keeps me motivated.”

This is not the first time Mark has completed this route, having rode the mammoth one-way challenge two years ago with his friends. Knowing how hard this was, Mark is really pushing himself to the limits and doubling the distance all for a fantastic cause.

He has already raised several hundred pounds for the MS Trust and is aiming to reach his target of £3,000 by the time he completes the ride in summer. 

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You can donate via mark’s JustGiving page.

You can also follow Mark’s journey on Facebook.