A CYCLIST has followed in his grandfather's footsteps to ride to Wales and then climb its highest mountain to raise cash for a charity close to his heart.
David Hill, of Sunnyside Road, Uttoxeter, covered 224 miles in three days as he repeated a mammoth challenge his grandfather William Hill – who passed away recently – undertook back in the 1930s.
The ride, in William's memory, raised £420 for the British Heart Foundation.
The 21-year-old cycled from Uttoxeter to Mount Snowdon before climbing the mountain and making his way back.
He said: "The route I followed over these three days was similar to the route my granddad took on his bike around the same age as me back in the 1930s.
"On the first day of my adventure my family bid me good luck as I set off from my granddad's home town of Uttoxeter at about 7am. During this day I covered 114 miles over 11 hours and burned more than 5,000 calories.
"The next day I had breakfast, after which I set off to walk to the summit of Mount Snowdon in cloudy, wet conditions. I completed this 15-mile walk in about five hours.
"From looking at my pedometer I saw that I had made more than 27,000 steps.
"Before I knew it the last day had arrived and it was time for me to set off back home. After waking for breakfast I set off for my last part of the challenge at 8.30am. I covered 114 miles and it took me eight hours, 30 minutes.
"This quicker time was because all the way from the bottom of Snowdon to Llangollen is, in the main, downhill.
"From the start to the very end of this challenge my bike stood up to the mark, as it didn't suffer any punctures or other problems. All of the miles I rode and steps I took went smoothly, apart from the last 10 minutes before arriving home as a wasp flew down my top and stung my stomach. Luckily I am not allergic to them and was able to carry on the final part of my journey.
"I was welcomed home by my family and pets as I lay down on the grass after doing a total of 243 miles and burning more than 11,000 calories.
"It has been an amazing adventure and I'm really happy and proud that I have been able to complete the same journey that my granddad did."
Mr Hill is no stranger to adventure – he has also climbed Mont Blanc, walked along the Haute Route (from France to Switzerland) and completed his bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh awards.
Anyone wishing to sponsor Mr Hill can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/davidhill-uttoxetertosnowdon