Romford firefighter to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats for charity

PUBLISHED: 13:55 11 May 2016 | UPDATED: 13:55 11 May 2016

Firefighter Michael Parlour with his bike

Firefighter Michael Parlour with his bike


Travelling more than 1,000 miles across the country, a firefighter will be pushing himself to the limit after fracturing his eye socket in a cycling accident less than 12 months ago.

Michael Parlour, 50, has signed up to cycle from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in Scotland, off-road in July to raise money for charity Sustrans which designs and builds routes for cyclists, walkers and people with disabilities.

He said: “I am very excited but still have a little bit of nerves since it is a mammoth task I’ve got to take on.

“It’s a great charity that aims at continuing to provide alternative ways for us to travel, rather than just the car which is causing damage to our environment.”

Michael, who has been a firefighter for three decades with 15 of those years at Romford station, decided to challenge himself following a cycling accident in Hadleigh Park last June where he flew over his handle bars.

He was left with a fractured eye socket and had to have more than 100 stitches in his face.

Michael says he is dedicating this month to preparing for the cycle of his life by entering races such as Cambridge 100 and the Great Kent bike event.

His aim is to raise £1,000 for the charity.

He said: “It’s going to be difficult but I’ve been putting in the effort so hopefully it will go well and I’ll manage to raise lots of money for the charity.”

Michael is also planning on retiring from the brigade by the end of the year.

He said: “I’m not going to miss working at the weekends and all of the night shifts but I will miss the blokes here.

“We’re more than just work colleagues because we do spend so much time together and we do know each other so well.

“We’re more like friends so I am going to miss working with them.”

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