Dad roller skates 878 miles for his dear friend Ziby
FRIENDS and family came out toÂ see the moment a Lee-on-the-Solent father accomplished the incredible feat of roller-skating 878 miles '“Â the equivalent distance from Land's EndÂ to John O'Groats.
Ross Pollock, 43, smashed his target by completing his challenge three days ahead of his 89-day Â schedule before toasting his friend Ziby Jablonski, whose familyÂ he was raising money for.Â
The popular coach of the all-conquering Lee RangersÂ died aged just 38 on Saturday, June 15 after a short battle with cancer '“Â with him leaving behind two children and a wife, Alex.
Ross decided to take on the gruelling challenge on June 2Â which resulted in him losingÂ four stone, nearly breakingÂ his leg after a crash, beingÂ chasedÂ by dogs and havingÂ to buy a new wardrobe after his suit and shirts no longer fitted him.
His dedication saw him continue his roller-skating while on holiday in a mountainous region of Moldova before returning to the UK in one of theÂ hottest summers on recordÂ to continue his efforts.
Ross, who used to roller-skateÂ in his youthÂ when doing aÂ paper round, did the final two miles of his journey yesterday evening before finishing outside Lee Kebab Shop.
With sweat pouring down his face, he said: '˜It feels surreal to have finally finished it. I did it for our friend Ziby '“Â I hope I made him and his family proud. Hopefully we will raise our target of Â£2,000.'
He continued: '˜When we heard ZibyÂ was diagnosed with terminal cancer we all decided to do various things and I personally decided toÂ take on this challenge to support ZibyÂ and his family.
'˜He was a really nice blokeÂ and family man. Unfortunately it's just one of life's tragedies.'
Speaking of the challenge, he added: '˜Getting up every day at 5am has been tough and I've had to lean on my wife a lot. I started off doing seven miles a day and quickly realised IÂ wasn't gong to finish it in time and had to double the distance and do 14 miles a day.
'˜There's been some difficult moment likes whenÂ IÂ thought I had broken my leg and had to go to hospitalÂ when I crashed.'
To donateÂ go to justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ross-pollock