Tony’s The Wheel Deal

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A PETERSFIELD ‘old boy’ is set to cycle the length of Britain in memory of his dad – and to raise funds for The Rosemary Foundation.

Tony Upfold is teaming up with four Farnham friends on an epic 1,000-mile journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End. He will be setting off from the north-east coast of Scotland on May 28 and averaging nearly 75 miles a day in the saddle before reaching the south-west tip of Cornwall on June 10.

In the process, Tony hopes to raise £1,000 for The Rosemary Foundation. Our nurses cared for his father, John, in the final months of his life.

John Upfold – an architect, JP and active member of many organisations in the town for more than 50 years – died in 2010 at the age of 80.

Sports journalist Tony, 56, said: “Over the 14 days of the ride we will climb about 45,000 feet in total – the equivalent of Everest and Mont Blanc. We will also be burning 5,000 calories a day.

“Riding from north to south, there’s also a fair chance we’ll be pedaling into a head wind most of the way – and, being Britain, there’s bound to be some rain!

“But we’re all looking forward to the ultimate sight-seeing tour of our country – from Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Lake District to the Wye Valley, Cheddar Gorge and Dartmoor.”

Tony, whose mum Brenda lives in Long Down, Petersfield, added: “The Rosemary Foundation provide incredible care and support for cancer sufferers and their families in the Petersfield area and they are totally reliant on charitable giving.

“Every penny I raise will go to them as a small thank you for the way they cared for my dad four years ago. My mum and I will never forget their kindness.”

Tony, who lives in Middle Bourne Lane, Farnham, is Assistant Chief Sub-editor on the sports desk of The Sun – having started his career in journalism on the Petersfield Post.

His wife Jane works at Pax Hill care home in Bentley. Their son Chris, 19, is a former Alton College student now studying archaeology at Cardiff University.

Anyone who wants to sponsor Tony can do so at www.justgiving.com/Tony-Upfold1

For further information contact Tony Upfold on: 01252 716590 (home) or 07827 787930 (mobile)

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