John and Tom Cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End

By Tom Moysey

Savage Moysey - JOGLE 2016
John Savage and Tom Moysey JOGLE Cycle 2016

John and I will be slipping into our finest lyrca to cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End between 29th April to 13th May. It will be tough, the weather may be terrible and our lyrca may chafe but it will be a great adventure.

The idea initially started as a bit of an adventure as it’s something that we’ve had in the back of our minds to do for a while and last year John decided now was the time and we started to get the ball rolling (initially by buying bikes as neither of us even had a bike or any cycling gear until the middle of last year!).

In terms of the charity aspect, one of my oldest friends was struck down my ME about a year and a half ago and went from being a PE teacher and avid sportsman to pretty much house bound for over a year. Even now he only feels 45% of his old self but he’s learning to manage the illness as best he can.

He wrote a blog some time ago (link below), which was the inspiration behind our decision to do the ride for Invest in ME as neither John or I were aware that ME research/treatment is so poorly invested in – it’s pretty shocking and unbelievable when you actually hear the facts about it.

We’ve spent many hours doing all the planning ourselves and will thankfully be supported by John’s father in law, who will be following us in a motorhome (which will be our home for the two weeks).

All that’s left now is to get cracking and pray for good weather (seeing snow in Scotland is not the best start to the week of departure!).

We set off on our journey up to John O’Groats on Wednesday 27th April, in preparation to start the long cycle south. Many thanks for the good luck wishes! For any donation, small or large – thank you!
 

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The article that inspired this event:
Raising awareness and finding a cure. M.E- The hidden illness Blog by John Mackay. Both this blog and the article shown below were published in May 2015.
 

Article by Tom Ramage in the Strathspey & Badenoch Herald in May 2015 about John Mackay's fundraising for Invest in ME.
Article by Tom Ramage in the Strathspey & Badenoch Herald in May 2015 about John Mackay’s fundraising for Invest in ME.

4 comments on “John and Tom Cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End

  1. Would love to see these guys get a facebook page/twitter account going on the event and post updates, would love to follow it/share/publicise it. Incredible challenge and I’m sure they’d get a lot of support that would help at the end of the tough days. Any chance guys?

    • Good idea Mike, many thanks. Meanwhile, we’ll try to keep everyone posed with any updates from them on our Facebook & Twitter pages and no doubt Invest in ME will do too.

  2. My son 15 was the same very sporty played football took sports studies as his options at school, over 2 years my once active, socialable son has been virtually housebound, it’s heartbreaking, but what upsets me the most is the lack of understanding with this illness, people being referred to as lazy . I too have ME and Fibromyagia. Good luck .

  3. So sorry about your son’s illness Clare, as well as your own. It is heartbreaking that children and young people suffer with so little understanding or medical treatment options. It’s heartwarming to see so many well friends like John and Tom (including Mike Harley who’s commented above) making such determined efforts to help to change this situation. Best wishes to you and your son.

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