Fenland cyclist raises almost �3,000 with marathon ride in memory of his father

A FENLAND man has today presented a cheque for almost �3,000 to the British Heart Foundation after cycling the length of the country in memory of his father.

James Fuller, from Chatteris, completed the Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge in June as a tribute to his father Tony, who died from a heart attack in 2009.

The 38-year-old, who blogged exclusively for the Cambs Times/Wisbech Standard throughout the ride, raised a staggering �2,857.50 for the charity.

Mr Fuller said: “Originally I thought that if I got over �1,000 I would be happy but there were some really surprising and generous donations.

“A man who used to work with my dad donated �200 and my brother in law, who lives in Canada, donated another �200 online. There was money coming in from people I’d never met before.”

Towards the end of the gruelling 1,000-mile marathon, Mr Fuller stopped to meet up with his mother at Fort William, in the Scottish Highlands, and scatter his father’s ashes.

“My dad would have wondered why the hell I was doing the ride,” said Mr Fuller. “But afterwards I know he would have been very proud.”

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Nigel Cole, fundraising manager for the BHF, said: “This is a fantastic donation and we are really pleased with it. It’s our 50th anniversary this year and all the money raised is incredibly important.”

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