BUDE’s Leon Jones admits the amount of money he raised “blew me away” after the 18-year-old completed a John O’Groats cycle at Land’s End on Saturday.
Leon, who studies at Callywith College, has taken on the grueling challenge of raising funds for Chae Jenkins, the Cornish All Blacks rugby player battling a brain tumor.
Leon, who is a close friend of Chae’s brother Tage, started the cycle on Monday May 31st, a public holiday, before arriving in West Cornwall on Saturday afternoon.
He told the Post: âI was very relieved to see the end result and everything went as planned. Cycling through Scotland was amazing, the scenery was beautiful. There were some very long hills and it was a little windy, but the weather held up. In the end, it was a blazing sun most of the time.
It took five or six days to leave Scotland and falling into the Lake District was amazing too.
âThen going through the towns of the Midlands was difficult to navigate as it was a lot busier than Scotland or the Lake District.
âI arrived in Devon on the ninth day via the Welsh border. I passed through Bristol, to Taunton, then to Okehampton, then to Bude, which was a pretty special day as I saw Chae’s family.
âChae’s brother, Tage, joined me from Bude. We cycled to Porthcothan, which is just across from Padstow, then on the last day Tagus and I cycled with Logan Chatterjea to Land’s End, while trying to avoid the G7 traffic.
âWe had a very special finish with a lot of friends and family who came to support us. It was a very upsetting moment for me to finally complete the challenge on day 13, after covering 1,024 miles. “
Leon has done between 100 and 200 miles per week in preparation, and it has certainly paid off.
He said: âSome parts were definitely more difficult than I expected. But with the training I had done beforehand and the motivation and determination I had, I was able to get through and reach the easiest points and the finish line for each day.
So how is he feeling now?
âThere was a lot of relief crossing that finish line that all the hard work I put in beforehand had paid off. The finish line was the last stop for me after the months of planning and organizing that I had put in place, âhe said. âI was energized by the kind words and messages I received throughout the trip.
âIt’s amazing how doing something like this can create a lot of opportunity and help some people whether they need it or not. I certainly have the buzz and I would consider more challenges of this nature in the future!
Leon has already smashed his original goal, and with five days of fundraising over, every penny could help Chae.
Leon said: âWe have raised Â£ 4,775 so far and it ends on Monday (June 21). My original goal for Chae was Â£ 2,000 so doubling it and more blew me away.
âI would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported me and donated to the fundraising page. This has been a great help to me and will definitely help Chae and his family!
“I also want to thank my parents and my girlfriend for being my support team.”
If anyone would like to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/leonsukcycleforchae
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