FITNESS instructor Jack Hustwick is looking to demonstrate his own prowess when he undertakes a 170-mile charity ride in just one day!
Ossett-based Jack, who works at the Stadium Health and Fitness Club in Huddersfield, has just become a new father and was inspired to undertake the gruelling challenge on March 20 to raise funds for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
“I wanted this to be a real challenge so picked something that would push me,’’ he said.
“I am not a frequent cyclist so this will really be taking me out of the comfort zone but I am determined to do it.’’
Jack, 27, is to cycle the coast-to-coast Way of the Roses route which will take him from Morecambe in Lancashire to Bridlington in Yorkshire.
The route opened in 2010 and takes in the scenic Forest of Bowland, Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Yorkshire Wolds.
Normally the journey takes three days but Jack is condensing it into only one.
“This is a solo effort so this will be mentally as well as physically challenging,” added Jack, who lives in Ossett.
Jack said he was spurred into action after hearing Louise Addison, regional fundraiser for Forget Me Not, speak at a staff meeting at the Kirklees Active Leisure gym next to the John Smith’s Stadium.
“Listening to Louise talk about the work the charity does made me realise that, as a parent, you never know when you might need this sort of support and how vital the service they offer is.
“I was also surprised to learn how much they rely on donations: £300 could go towards a day of specialised care for a child at their hospice.’’
With only a month to go Jack is well on with his training, trying to get out on his bike as much as possible, but the recent bad weather has forced him indoors where he has had to join studio cycling classes and training in the gym.