Success cycle for town councillor

PUBLISHED: 09:48 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010

PEDAL POWER: Rod Kennedy at Cape Farewell

PEDAL POWER: Rod Kennedy at Cape Farewell

A ROYSTON town councillor has conquered New Zealand on his bike. Cllr Rod Kennedy completed his 1,600 mile Big Pedal around the south island of New Zealand, raising money for the Royston mayor s charity. He said: I finished the Big Pedal on Saturday, Jan

A ROYSTON town councillor has conquered New Zealand on his bike.

Cllr Rod Kennedy completed his 1,600 mile Big Pedal around the south island of New Zealand, raising money for the Royston mayor's charity.

He said: "I finished the Big Pedal on Saturday, January 3 just after midday, having covered 1,599 miles in 36 days.

"I finally arrived back where I started, Cape Farewell, the most northerly point of the South Island, and named by Captain Cook."

Both Cllr Kennedy and his cycling companion John Masters suffered from sickness during the ride, which hampered their progress.

He said: "Unfortunately the sick days meant we lost the rest days built into the time-table, so it was every day on the bike bar one when we took a day out to visit Doubtful Sound.

"The weather has been reasonable, although until the last few days summer seemed to have passed New Z ealand by.

"Wind and rain affected us some days, but they were soon forgotten when the sun came out and the winds became favourable."

Keen cyclist Cllr Kennedy was given the idea for the cycle ride by Mr Masters, his daughter's father-in-law.

He will now enjoy a well-earned holiday in New Zealand and Japan before returning home.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Mr Kennedy can still do so by picking up a sponsor form from Royston Town Hall.

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