Two vets have cycled 1,000 miles in a week from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise more than £3,000 for disadvantaged pets.

Left to right: Rod Beardshall, James Wood and Duncan Tennant after reaching John O Groats

James Wood from White Cross Vets in Roundhay and Rod Beardshall from the group’s Guiseley practice, both in West Yorkshire, cycled up to 145 miles a day for seven consecutive days to raise money for the White Cross Fund. Mr Wood’s brother-in-law Duncan Tennant also joined the pair on the ride.   

The White Cross Fund distributes money to needy and deserving pets in the local West Yorkshire community to help keep people and their pets together for longer.   

Mr Beardshall said: “This was a gruelling challenge, but we’re delighted to have raised more than £3,000, which is a superb figure to reach.  “The money will be used by the White Cross Fund to support pet owners who need financial assistance to pay for lifesaving treatment for their pets. Ultimately, this translates into healthy pets and happy owners that can live together for as long as possible, which is something well worth fund-raising for.”  

Mr Wood added: “Neither of us were prepared for how tough this challenge was. We faced wind and rain on six of the seven days and there were a couple of days when we were riding for up to 14 hours, so it was completely exhausting.  “It’s a huge achievement to complete the challenge, but it’s definitely not something I want to do again.”  

Last year the duo successfully completed a one-day 129-mile coast to coast cycling challenge from Workington in Cumbria to Sunderland, which included several punishing climbs, in nine hours and 20 minutes for the fund.  

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