Farewell tour raises £6,000

Made it ... Dan Moat and Chris Wigglesworth pictured at Cape Wrath Lighthouse at the end of their 1,000 mile journey.

Made it ... Dan Moat and Chris Wigglesworth pictured at Cape Wrath Lighthouse at the end of their 1,000 mile journey.

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A CYCLIST waved goodbye to his home and old way of life in an epic 1,000-mile challenge.

Dan Moat, from Layham, near Hadleigh, took up an invitation from his friend Chris Wigglesworth to cycle from Dover to Cape Wrath, Britain’s most northwesterly point, in the Scottish Highlands, for charity.

But as well as raising money for East Anglia Children’s Hospices the trip provided Dan, 38, with the chance to see more of Great Britain before he emigrated to the USA earlier this month.

“It was a tough challenge, but a great opportunity to see my country close up for a final time,” he said.

Along the way the pair covered just short of 100 miles a day, completing the journey in 12 days, although Dan was forced to negotiate part of the way in a van after problems with his knees led to his retirement after 7 days’ cycling.

Chris said: “It was an odd feeling without Dan, but he rode the last 12 miles with me.

“We had mixed feelings at the end. There was jubilation that we’d made it, but we were also having such a good time we really didn’t want it to end.”

In total the duo raised more than £6,000 before Dan departed for his new life in Phoenix.