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Posted on Sep 29 2022 by Fiona Bailey

“Personal determination” and “connecting with people” is what inspired the Reverend Philip Evans to complete his epic charity bike ride in a shorter time frame than planned.

Philip, who is the Lead Chaplain at St Andrew’s Healthcare in Northampton, cycled 1,200 miles from Land's End to John O' Groats in just 25 days.

The 66-year-old had planned to complete the challenge in 28 to 30 days, but he ended up covering around 50 miles a day, which shortened his planned trip.

He has surpassed his fundraising aim of £1,200 for the Christian organisation Hope Now which has been doing a lot of work in Ukraine. To date, his efforts have raised over £1,500.

Philip said: “Mercifully I was blessed with dry weather, although I did not have the benefit of favourable winds. Thankfully I only had one puncture, and I felt great throughout, amazingly no aches or pains.  

“Of course it was tough at times, very hilly in Cornwall and Devon, and some long demanding climbs in Cumbria and Scotland.”

Despite some days feeling very tired, Philip said at no time did he want to quit.

He said: “Without sounding cheesy, I think both staff and patients at St Andrew’s share great resilience and tenacity which are qualities we value and develop. We never, ever give up!

“I was spurred on by personal determination and felt a real sense of achievement each day, which was very satisfying and great for self-worth. It was also good to connect with and be encouraged by people on the way.”

During his feat, Philip also met a Ukrainian refugee in Killin, which he found “very moving”.

He said: “Hearing her story was emotional and I’m very glad that she made it to our country safely. I’m glad I was able to pray for her and her family.”

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