David Newcombe, the managing director of Hörmann (Ltd) UK, Europe's largest manufacturer of garage and entrance doors, got on his bike in September in the name of charity.
The sponsored charity ride saw David joined by three fellow riders. This was not the team's first ride, in 2011 they cycled 833 miles from the South to the North of the United Kingdom from Lizard Point in England, to Dunnet Head in Scotland.
This time however, instead of going South to North, they changed direction and travelled the width of the UK and Ireland from the most westerly tip of Southern Ireland in Dingle, County Kerry over to the most easterly point of England in Lowestoft, Suffolk.
Crossing three countries in eight days, from 7 to 13 September the team cycled 580 miles with all of the proceeds being divided between Cancer Research UK and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.
The cycle ride was arranged by Hörmann's Transport Manager, Mick Dunne, who accompanied the cyclists on their journey and offering encouragement along the way.
The ride has received substantial support from not only Hörmann but also from many other Leicestershire companies including Exodus Financial Services and Steven Sanderson Transport. Further support comes from Tony Marlow from LanGuard Vegetation Management Specialists, who is supplied the support van that followed the cyclists on their 580 mile journey.