500-mile cycle for my dad

James Wilson cycled 500 miles in five day in memory of his Dad, Paul.
James Wilson cycled 500 miles in five day in memory of his Dad, Paul.

A scuba-diver cycled 500 gruelling miles in five days in memory of his father.

James Wilson, of Melbourne Street, Liversedge, completed the mammoth fundraising challenge last Friday, raising thousands for charity.

The 34-year-old cycled from Scotland to Birstall after finishing his job as a crew member of a wreck diving company earlier this month.

James combined his trip back to his mother’s home in Liversedge with a fundraising effort in support of SITraN – a research facility for Translational Neuroscience based in Sheffield.

He was inspired to take on the challenge after his father, Paul, passed away after losing his fight with motor neurone disease in 2009.

James said: “The first three days were really tough as I was cycling into a strong headwind, which meant I had to work twice as hard to get anywhere near the same speed.

“I did around 120 miles on the first day and that was tough.

“When I woke up the next morning, I felt like I had ridden a lot of miles but I was determined to finish it.

“People who know me know I would just get on with it and do it. I was always determined to do it for dad.”

Paul Wilson was a firefighter in West Yorkshire for 25 years.

He trained at the service’s headquarters in Birkenshaw and worked at Batley Fire Station while living in Birstall with his wife, Solange.

Paul was a keen cyclist, riding all over the world.

James cycled from Thurso in Scotland to Birstall.

He set himself a target of raising £2,500 for the facility but has surpassed it raising almost £3,000.

James added: “I want to thank everyone for donating and especially my friend Aaron Frazer for his support on the trip.

“Also Northgate Vehicle Hire for donating a vehicle which provided me with the supplies.”

James’ sister Ruth Weavill, of Brownhill Road, Birstall, is now organising a fundraising event at Oakwell Motel, Birstall, next Friday (November 29).

Ruth said: “It is mainly a celebration of James’s achievement, a tribute to our dad and an opportunity to make people aware of MND.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/JamesWilson-1978, email 500miles@hotmail.co.uk or call Ruth on 07943 106334 to donate.