Dan’s Story

Dan used his recent cycling training and drive to stay positive and do something good in lockdown.


Dan outside his home in Kingsdown, Bristol.Dan outside his home in Kingsdown, Bristol.

Dan outside his home in Kingsdown, Bristol.

Dan Cole, an electrician who lives in Kingsdown, Bristol, is cycling the equivalent of the length of the UK in just five days, around the block he lives on, to raise money for the Charity Above and Beyond, the official charity for Bristol NHS hospitals.

‘I had been training to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats this summer but of course that won’t be possible now. While in lock-down and not being able to work I wanted to do something to help, something that I felt was positive and would make a difference in these very uncertain times. So I decided that I could put my training to use and ride the same distance, but around the block, to raise money for our local NHS hospitals. 

I expect everyone has a link to their local hospital and it’s good to give something back. Of course the NHS is not a charity, It shouldn’t have to be relying on charitable money to provide essential services to the British people. However, at a time like this I think the public want to help.

I am a driven person and setting myself a goal to achieve keeps me feeling positive. 

This huge challenge, physical and mental, meant that I’d need to ride around the block 1938 times. I set myself 5 days to do it (387 laps per day, 133 miles per day, 10 hours per day) .The total distance is 665 miles.


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Rob was on day 3 at the time of talking to us. ‘Day 1 & 2 were very challenging but the neighbours were clapping me along from their front doors and there has been a lot of support. 

I am looking forward to completing it! I am getting bored! but listening to music and trying not to think about each lap!’


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Published by Kerry

Champion of neurodiversity. Carer. Music obsessive. Freelance writer. Music and Arts editor.

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