Bath man pedals the perimeter of Britain in memory of his family

Ian McKay started and ended his journey at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. Credit: Ian McKay

A man from Bath has cycled around the perimeter of Britain to raise money for charity in memory of his father, his mother and his adopted father.

Ian McKay completed his 2,650-mile cycle - the equivalent of cycling from Land's End to John o'Groats three times - in 40 days.

Ian stopped off at Macmillan’s Head Office in London during his trip. Credit: Ian McKay/Instagram

He tackled the challenge on his own with no support vehicle. This latest feat was part of his ultimate goal of cycling more than 5,000 miles in 2020 for Macmillan Cancer Support - a goal which he has now completed.

Ian, who returned to Bath on Sunday 11 October, was inspired to do the trip after losing three family members to cancer.

His father died in 1970, while his mother and adopted father died more recently.

A great deal has changed in cancer care in the last 50 years, but I wanted to take up this challenge to raise awareness and to show my thanks for the cancer professionals and Macmillan who looked after my parents and showed such compassion to my family.

Ian McKay

The challenge was initially set for April and May this year, however Covid-19 restrictions pushed it back to the start of September.

Ian McKay stopped at Clevedon Pier in Somerset. Credit: Ian McKay/Instagram

The epic journey began and finished at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Along the way he went to places significant to his family - including Sheffield, where he visited a memorial to his father, and Cheshire, where his mother and adopted father lived for many years.

He also went past Lancaster University, where he completed his master’s degree and first met his wife.

Ian posted this picture of his father on Instagram to explain why he was doing the cycle. Credit: Ian McKay/Instagram

The adventurer also stopped off at the most northerly, southerly, easterly and westerly points in Britain – Dunnet Head in Scotland, Lizard Point in Cornwall, Lowestoft Ness in Suffolk, and Ardnamurchan Point in Scotland.

A visit was also paid to Macmillan’s Head Office in London. So far Ian has raised more than £5,400 for the charity.

Ian, who has lived in Bath for over 30 years, said: “The year 2020 marks the anniversary of my father’s passing 50 years ago, and my second father and my mother both also died from cancer."

Kaeti Morrison, Fundraising Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, spoke of how much Ian's contribution meant: “Macmillan is facing a huge drop in income due to the pandemic and we rely almost entirely on the generosity of supporters like Ian.

"His hard work and that of all our supporters means more now than ever before.”

Ian’s achievement is phenomenal, and a truly fitting tribute to his late father. I would like to thank Ian on behalf of Macmillan for his incredible commitment and for raising so much for people living with cancer.

Kaeti Morrison, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support

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