Dad-of-two completes mammoth 900-mile bike ride from Pisa in Italy to the Vale of Belvoir in aid of cancer charities

Plungar dad-of-two Nigel Corner arrives in Rutland, en route to the Vale of Belvoir, having cycled hundreds of miles from Pisa in Italy in aid of three cancer charities EMN-150713-175048001
Plungar dad-of-two Nigel Corner arrives in Rutland, en route to the Vale of Belvoir, having cycled hundreds of miles from Pisa in Italy in aid of three cancer charities EMN-150713-175048001
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A determined dad-of-two shed pounds as well as gaining pounds after completing a mammoth 12-day bike ride from Pisa in Italy to the Vale of Belvoir.

Charity cyclist Nigel Corner covered about 900 miles in total, arriving back in the Vale on Thursday.

The 49-year-old, from Plungar, took on the gruelling challenge to raise funds for Cancer Research, the Macmillan Trust and Marie Curie.

His epic ride covered parts of Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and France, taking in some stunning scenery along the way, before finishing 15 miles from Calais. Nigel, who was accompanied by a support driver, got back in the saddle at Folkestone to begin his long journey home.

One of the toughest sections he encountered (100 miles) was heading from Maidstone to Cambridge last Wednesday. He said: “I had a headwind all the way in the rain and came off my bike twice. Getting around London was also very tricky, especially when the support driver can’t always be with you because of the traffic.”

Nigel, who is a cabinet maker by trade and runs his own business, surprised his two daughters by arriving home early and riding to Stathern Primary School to meet them.

He said: “Everyone thought I was mad to take on this challenge but I’ve had so much support from people. I just want to raise as much as I can for these cancer charities. Cancer affects one in two people which is why we have to beat it now.”

Nigel, who lost a stone in weight as a result of his mammoth cycle, doesn’t know his final fundraising total yet, with money still coming in and donations still being accepted.

To make a donation you can email Nigel at nigel@country-crafts.net