Waterlooville cyclist Keith completes 2,183 miles across country challenge

MADE IT Keith Watts at John O'Groats, and inset, part of his journey log
MADE IT Keith Watts at John O'Groats, and inset, part of his journey log
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WELDER Keith Watts stands triumphantly after cycling all the way from Land’s End to John O’Groats for charity.

For many just achieving that distance would be enough – but not for superfit Keith.

MADE IT Keith Watts' journey log

MADE IT Keith Watts' journey log

When this photograph was taken Keith still had another 983 miles to go in his incredible journey to cycle across the length and breadth of Britain.

The 30-year-old cycled a staggering 2,183 miles in just 17 days.

He began his journey from his home in Waterlooville, cycling to Land’s End, then all the way to the top of Scotland, before cycling back to Waterlooville.

Cycling on his own with only his personal stereo for company – including songs from his favourite bands Depeche Mode, Dire Straits and singer Barry White – he was averaging 140 miles a day.

It’s an incredible achievement for Keith as five years ago he nearly died after a freak motorbike accident on Portsdown Hill that left him with a blood clot on his brain.

Keith, of Freshfield Gardens, said he was still coming to terms with what he had achieved.

He said: ‘It’s not really sunk in what I have done. Every time I watch the weather on television, I think “I have cycled that”. It’s an achievement.’

Keith said the main issue on the ride was the wind – speeding him up on the journey north and slowing him down travelling south.

He said he got his energy from a daily diet of Jaffa Cakes and Jelly Babies and got his body prepared by cycling every day after work to Chichester and back.

He said: ‘It’s just getting your body used to doing so many miles.’

Keith hopes to have raised £1,000 for Cancer Research UK. He said: ‘Everyone has been affected by it in some way.’