Cyclist Mike Durham is completing a 1,000-mile ride in memory of his late stepfather whilst fundraising for The Big Issue Foundation. The challenge will take Mike from Land’s End to John O’Groats over a strenuous 12 day adventure, climbing over 48,000ft - the equivalent height of Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro combined!
He said: “This will be a massive test of my endurance, but I’ve been squeezing in training rides and gym sessions in whenever I can for the last few weeks so hopefully I’ll be ready. John [Mike’s late stepfather] would love that I am doing this ride, he was a keen long-distance cyclist himself and supported many good causes during his life. As a regular buyer, I love The Big Issue magazine’s motto of ‘a hand up not a handout’ and know that the opportunity to earn money each week from selling the magazine is a massive first step in ending poverty for each and every vendor.”
Stephen Robertson, The Big Issue Foundation’s CEO, has passed on his words of encouragement to Mike: “Mike’s epic journey is a wonderful endeavour to say the very least. I am so grateful to him for this big undertaking and wish him every success (and a comfy saddle!) along the way.”
Whilst Mike might be away from his regular vendor Peter outside Pimlico tube station for nearly two weeks, he’s made sure that he won’t be missing any editions of The Big Issue by arranging to meet vendors across the country, from Truro to Dingwall. We’ll also be following Mike’s journey with daily updates from him as he takes on this incredible challenge to support Big Issue vendors so watch this space!
Want to support Mike? You can donate to his fundraising page here.