National coverage for Burdens man

One Burdens employee has literally gone to the ends of the earth to raise money for charity – well the end of the country anyway – in a marathon bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats, a distance of 924 miles.

National coverage for Burdens man

Matt Gooding, an estimator from the Exeter branch of the national chain, set himself the cycling challenge and soon realised it’s charitable potential. He chose the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) as the recipient of any proceeds the ride generated.

And, after 924 miles, six days, 22 hours and 58 minutes the mammoth ride has raised almost £5,000 for the children’s charity.

Gooding says that the impulse behind setting himself such a challenge was an injury back in 1992 when he slipped three discs. Doctors told him he’d never be able to do any kind of sport again. Since then, he has completed half marathons in just over 1.5 hours, lifted 500lbs and now has ridden the entire length of England and Scotland. He even had time to stop over with Burdens’ most northerly manager, Barrie Syms at the Muir of Ord depot.

Supported by his wife Sarah, who drove a Volkswagen Transporter, donated for the purpose by Burdens, Gooding managed to average 133 miles a day at an average speed of 16mph.

“It was an amazing adventure for me,” said Gooding, “and nearly £5000.00 raised for the NSPCC. I am very pleased with how everything turned out.”

There is still time to support his fantastic effort and pledge online. Simply visit to make a donation.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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