A charity fundraiser from Hartlepool says he battled a range of emotions on his way to completing a gruelling bike ride.
RAF veteran Steve Moore, of the Hart Lane area of town, cycled 315 miles over four days from Hartlepool Marina to Great Ormond Street in London.
So far, he has raised about £1,500 for Hartlepool & District Hospice, while that figure will be matched by his employer, Premier Inn, and donated to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
Steve, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, made his way to the capital along A and B roads, and cycled on his own after the first day, with a support vehicle.
The 28-year-old was happy with how the challenge went, but admits he was not sure what to think when he reached London. He said: “It went really well, and was a lot easier than I expected it to be.
“It was very difficult in places, but overall it was really good. It was a big relief to complete it, but also really touching.
I was emotional, and it was a mixture of emotions, including happiness and sadnessSteve Moore
“I was emotional, and it was a mixture of emotions, including happiness and sadness. I didn’t really know what to think, but it was a great feeling.
“The big motivation for me throughout was that the money raised would make a real difference to people’s lives.
“I’ve been to Great Ormond Street, and I’ve seen how much of a difference the money makes to the little kids, while the Hartlepool hospice helps people coming towards the end of their lives.”
Steve works for Premier Inn, at Preston Farm, near Yarm, and it was the owners of the hotel chain, Whitbread, which agreed to match the figure the RAF veteran raised.
He added: “I hadn’t done anything on that scale before, although I had done a coast-to-coast and things like that.
“The most difficult part was coming out of Lincoln, as the next part of the route was up and up.
“It was also extremely difficult getting up on the morning and getting the legs going again, which made the first hour of each ride tough.
“When I reached the end, though, it made everything worthwhile, and I’m delighted with how it went.”
You can still donate to Steve’s cause by visiting www.justgiving.com/Steve-Moore8