Exmouth's Ian brought to tears as he completes 145-mile cycle challenge

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 July 2018

Ian (right) with one of the 'many' new friends he has made as a result of the charity cycle.

Ian (right) with one of the 'many' new friends he has made as a result of the charity cycle.

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An Exmouth man was brought to tears after completing a 145-mile fundraising cycle challenge in memory of his late father.

Ian Trowsdale as he crosses the line to complete the 145-cycle challenge.Ian Trowsdale as he crosses the line to complete the 145-cycle challenge.

Ian Trowsdale, 66, of Mount Pleasant Avenue, overcame dehydration issues to successfully complete the ‘Football to Amsterdam’ ride to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

He collected more than £1,000 for the charity in sponsorship.

After crossing the line, Ian said his dad Bob, who died from the condition, last year, is ‘still missed’ and will always be in his heart.

“I was not prepared emotionally as I rounded the last corner into the arena finish area,” said Ian.

Ian shortly after finishing the 'Football to Amsterdam' charity cycle rideIan shortly after finishing the 'Football to Amsterdam' charity cycle ride

“People were willing us on and waving flags; then it was out of the saddle for a 400-metre sprint finish.

“With my hands in the air ‘I’ve done it’ I cried, tears streamed down my face – yes, I did it.”

Alongside 400 other cyclists, Exmouth Slimming World member Ian set off from Lee Valley Velodrome, in Stratford, London, on day one of the 145-mile ride.

The first water check-in stop was 26 miles down the road ‘through London traffic’.

Ian (right) with one of the 'many' new friends he has made as a result of the charity cycle.Ian (right) with one of the 'many' new friends he has made as a result of the charity cycle.

It was some 28 miles later at a compulsory 30-minute stop when Ian began to have some balance issues.

Ian added: “I felt light-headed, and a little wobbly. The next thing I knew I was laid face up on the grass surrounded by the medical team.”

Ian recalls hearing someone saying ‘he’s dehydrated’.

After a ‘hearty’ lunch and some water overseen by medical staff he was back on the road.

Ian (right) with one of the 'many' new friends he has made as a result of the charity cycle.Ian (right) with one of the 'many' new friends he has made as a result of the charity cycle.

Around 85 miles after departing Stratford, he successfully reached Harwich where he took a ferry across to Holland.

On the second day he completed the remaining 56 miles finishing the challenge at the Amsterdam Arena.

Ian said: “There was many well-wishers cheering us on – the miles just disappeared.”

There was a double celebration for Ian as he reached his Slimming World weight-loss target recently.

The floor-fitter joined the group 12 months ago after his family raised concerns about his health.

In September last year he joined the LED gym at Exmouth Leisure Centre and has been using the facility as a base for his training ahead of this challenge.

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