The smiles were bright after three daring dentists battled through the pain barrier to finish a bike ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End.
Ryedale dentists Richard Marsden and Dr Sarah Glover, and Practice Manager Lawrence Herbert, were joined by around 20 other cyclists as they completed the 900-mile trek in nine days – raising £30,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Richard Marsden, principal dentist of The Red House Dental Practice, Malton, said: “I’m so proud of us all for finishing the ride and managing to raise such a fantastic amount for Macmillan. I had two really bad times during the ride – once when my bike failed in the rain in Scotland and I nearly froze.
“I was saved by a kind local man, who helped to thaw me out and fixed my bike. The second occasion was on day seven, when my left knee decided to give up on me and one of the other riders helped me through the 107 miles we had to do that day.
“When I finally reached Land’s End I felt a massive relief that it was all over and I had made it every inch of the way.”
Principal dentist Sarah Glover, from Birdgate Dental in Pickering, added: “Lawrence and I knew this challenge would push us to our limits, but nothing could have properly prepared us for how tough it would really be. From day two of the ride I suffered from constant pain in my ankles, and a few days later Lawrence started to experience problems with his knees. It felt almost impossible to keep going, but the support from everyone who had sponsored us and the other riders was amazing, and somehow we managed to make it to Land’s End.
“Crossing the finish line was extremely emotional, especially to see our family, friends and all the other riders celebrating such a fantastic achievement. Richard, Lawrence and I would like to thank everyone who supported us throughout this challenge – we couldn’t have done it without you.”