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Derek cycles to every English cathedral and raises £6,000 for The Bridges

Intrepid cycling enthusiast Derek Megginson has vowed that he will not be hanging up his helmet just yet despite recently completing a colossal 1,500-mile challenge.

The 78-year-old has visited all 42 Church of England cathedrals since September 2021 as part of his Cathedral Cycle Challenge in aid of The Bridges.

Having initially begun his quest purely for enjoyment, Derek supported the Hull-based charity which is the only rehabilitation centre in the UK that offers specialised treatment to ex-offenders to help overcome their addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.

Being able to take in the English landscape has been fantastic, as well as the cityscapes which has been interesting to compare the old and historical architecture as well as the new.

Derek megginson

Being no stranger to such adventures, Derek has been ticking off each place of worship in regional legs, visiting a handful on each trip.

Previously, he has cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, as well as completing the Coast to Coast cycle challenge.

Derek told the Wolds Weekly: “I’m very glad that I have completed the ride.

“It was very challenging, but also interesting and enjoyable at the same time.

“I would definitely recommend the challenge to anyone else looking to test themselves.

“On top of that, so far around £6,000 has been raised for The Bridges, which is the most important aspect of it all.

“There is over £4,000 on my online donation page, as well as several cash donations directly to the charity.

“I would consider doing any challenge on my bike, although I’m not sure that I would do the cathedral one again, but I would like to do something else.

“I don’t plan ahead with what I am doing, but if I take inspiration from something, I’ll get back on my bike.”

Derek started his Cathedral Cycle Challenge in Carlisle and spent his early excursions covering northern England’s cathedrals, the twelfth and final stop being in York.

From there, he tackled the southwest, starting in Truro in Cornwall and making his way north east to the West Midlands, before the East Midlands in Southwell.

Derek then began in Kent at Canterbury, heading to London, including St Paul’s, before riding to the south coast, Salisbury, Oxford and over to Essex and East Anglia.

He ended his epic challenge on Saturday 28th May when he left the final cathedral at Lincoln and crossed the Humber Bridge to finish outside Hull Minster.

The Bridges’ fundraising chair, Simon Reevell, told the Wolds Weekly: “Derek has raised around £6,000 and the best compliment we can pay him is to say that his fundraising will turn someone’s life around.”

Should you wish to add to Derek’s total, visit: justgiving.com/fundraising/cathedralcyclechallenge-ft

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