Cycling GP targets 920-mile ride for charity

A Greater Manchester GP aims to cycle more than 900 miles across Britain in just 10 days to raise £10,000 for two local charities next month.

Dr Paul Norman: patients have been donating to the fundraiser (Photo: Paul Norman)
Dr Paul Norman: patients have been donating to the fundraiser (Photo: Paul Norman)

Dr Paul Norman, a GP for 19 years, is juggling full-time work in the surgery with hours of gruelling training as he prepares to ride from Land's End in Cornwall to John O' Groats in the Scottish Highland with his brother Dave this summer.

The GP from Minden Family Practices in Bury said good time management has been essential to allow him to train 2-3 times a week for six months alongside the day job. 'You've got to be really disciplined with yourself. It does mean coming in early and get off on your half day rather sharpish,' he said.

Dr Norman and his brother Dave are seeking sponsors for their shirts (Photo: Paul Norman)

Dr Norman is building up the miles in preparation for the trip, and completed 656 miles in the saddle during May.

Although both brothers have been keen cyclists for many years, Dr Norman said the 920-mile trip was 'a bit of a jump into the unknown' - particularly as the ride will take place during the warmest months of the year.

Patients at his practice have also been chipping in to help the cause. 'The patients have very much bought into the thing. People have been donating over the receptionist's desk,' he said.

All proceeds will go to Bury Cancer Support Centre, which supports cancer patients and their relatives across the North West, and to Team George, which is raising funds to help a local boy with complex motility disorder receive medical help in the US.

Dr Norman said they chose local charities because they wanted to make a difference to people in their area. The pair have so far raised £1,250 of their £10,000 target, and are seeking businesses to sponsor their shirts (inset) and help meet their fundraising target.

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