Nige's Lands End to John O'Groats bike ride 2022

By Nige Kingwill

I am raising vital funds for life-changing mental health treatment for veterans.

I took up cycling as a hobby in March 2019, just to keep fit, within a few months I'd completed my first '100 miler' and was hooked. I've been cycling indoors and out for 3 years now, and this iconic ride, the length of Great Britain, is something I need to tick off my bucket list. I had intended to ride LEJOG in 2021 but postponed it due to the Covid restrictions, so here I am, a year on (and hopefully a year fitter) ready for this 9-day, 1000 mile ride. 

As a former Army Commando I'm supporting Combat Stress to help those veterans who are struggling with their mental health. Along the way I'll be dropping in to see friends I served with and visit my old regiment, 29 Commando RA in Plymouth, as well as the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge. If you're able to sponsor me I'd be very grateful, thank you.

You can follow me on strava here; 

https://www.strava.com/athletes/nkingwill

Combat Stress is the UK's leading charity for veterans' mental health. For over a century, they've helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Today, they provide support to veterans from every service and every conflict.

I’m taking on vital steps towards ensuring veterans can get the support they need.

Thank you so much for your support.

My Achievements

My Updates

Finish

Monday 13th Jun
...and finished on Saturday 11th June, 904.24 miles in 57hrs 5mins with 44,891ft of climbing

Start

Monday 13th Jun
I started on Friday 3rd June 2022...

100 miler

Monday 2nd May
Another great training ride on Saturday, 103 miles with full kit.

Smashed it!

Monday 21st Mar
What a great way to start the week! I've achieved my fundraising target in one weekend, I thought it could take 2 months! 
Thanks to everyone who has donated, you're all amazing and will make a real difference to the mental health of veterans.
Nige

Big Ride Today

Saturday 19th Mar
The sponsorship in the last 24hrs has been incredible, I'm at 75% of my target already - thank you to everyone that has supported me so far. 
Today I rode the Nottingham Little John route which was 114 miles and took a little over 6.5 hours. This was mainly to check I'm happy with the full kit set up which is great and only a couple of tweaks needed.

Training update

Thursday 10th Mar
Passed through 2000 miles cycled in 2022 today, the weather is slowly improving and I’m cycling to work in Nottingham again. Started planning and booking overnight stops for the ride today too. 

First post!

Tuesday 22nd Feb
Training is going well, I’ve managed over 10hrs cycling per week and covered 1500 miles so far this year. Really looking forward to better weather to ride outside more, the storms this week have been pretty heavy. 

Thank you to my Sponsors

£400

Matched Giving

£212

Paul Trembath

£3000 target, watch & shoot, watch & shoot! Now get pedalling ya fucker! (Great cause Nige, good luck)

£120

Man Craig

Good luck Man Nige

£115

Mike Williams

Well done Nige ! A real achievement for a worthwhile cause. I hope the recovery goes as well a the challenge…

£106

Andy Powney

£106

Del

Nige what an outstanding effort. The updates have been funny and reflect true Commando Spirit. Well done mate :-)

£106

Rosie Kingwill

Dad would be so proud xx

£106

Man Doris

Aye man aye.

£100

Stu Smith

A fantastic effort for a great cause. All the best Nige.

£100

Mark Singleton

Another fine mess you got yourself into :), well done Nige you will smash it.

£100

Justin Weir

Good luck mate. Hope you got a comfy bike seat !

£79.50

Dave Borg

Great effort Nige

£79.50

Makkers

Great effort For a good cause Nige

£79.50

Mr John R Ogden

Hi Nigel, wishing you all the best on your challenge!

£75

Jarred And Beaty

NIIIIIiiigelll. Good luck mate. Very worthy cause. Don’t forget your Vaseline.

£73.14

Scotty Bull Oche

Best of luck Nigel wishing you wind from behind all the way 🚴‍♀️💨

£66.78

Christian S

Hoofing effort

£66.78

Emmanuel Cambronne

£59.36

Stuart Burge

Good luck Dude 🦾🗡

£53

Lee

Your bum will look like a wizards sleeve after that

£53

Andrew Bruce

Well done Nige, great effort.

£53

Karen Swatton

Awesome effort Nige!

£53

Rob Selby

Good luck dude 🍀 , not that you’ll need it 💥 looking forward to the SW legs 🍻🍻🍻🚴 🚴

£53

Claire West

Congratulations amazing achievement

£53

The Chief

Good luck you big lord

£53

Pencil

An excellent cause. Best of luck Belinda. I'll see you at the Start and Finish.

£53

Gi Lang

Good Luck THE CYCLIST!

£53

Rob Fraser

All the best

£50

Brenda Wholey

Huge congratulations on your incredible ride Nige & for raising so much for a very special charity. Brenda x

£50

Jd

I love you Nige xxx

£50

Donald Bruce

£50

Michael Kilby

Great effort mate, loved reading the daily updates

£50

Mr Neil Rae

Well done Nige - very best of luck

£50

Steve Marshall

Hope all goes well, and also weather is kind to you, enjoy it, you will never forget, a massive achievement

£50

Peter Chesterton

Well done Nigel Love Heather and Peter

£50

Nige

£42.40

Ned

Enjoy 😉

£36

Butler’s Coffee House

Pedal ya bastard!

£31.80

Kevin Jones

Bab.

£31.80

Susan, Neil & Tim Grant

Good luck

£31.80

David And Carol Glynn

Such a worthwhile charity, Nigel, and what a huge challenge! Best of luck from us both. Dave and Carol x x

£31.80

Matt Ainger

Good Luck Nige

£30

Russ Dunn

Hi Nigel, great charity and WOW what a tough challenge, I’m sure you’ll do it

£30

Terry Hurrell

£30

Frank Minards

Well done bootneck

£30

The Harbors

Heh Nige, you have put in so much hard work. Well done already and we will be cheering you on!! Good luck 🤞😃

£30

Tim Crawford

Great charity Nige. And a great challenge! See you soon Dude.

£26.50

Andy & Ann Truss

Well done Nige A superb effort

£26.50

Mike Holloway

In the voice of Graeme Frogett, “now, you didn’t ought to have been what you did, however, but you did!”. Remember Mark Noriss making us laugh on the E&E with that one! Think of that on the last day. As others have said “pedal ya fucker!”

£26.50

Sam

All the best Nigel.

£26.50

Robert Maggs

Well done Nige, looks like you're smashing it!

£26.50

Nick, Helen, Lara, Harry, Bert And Bet Xxx

Fabulous effort, best of luck!! Xxx

£26.50

Niall

Good luck you absolute madman

£26.50

Golf Delta

Swapped a camel for a bike……You go girl!!

£26.50

Muzza

Great work Mukka, it looks like an amazing challenge you’ve set yourself 👍🏻

£26.50

Rob Stickley

Unbelievable effort mate, total respect and for such a good cause 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

£26.50

Michelle Lang

Well done Nigel. We are all so proud of you and your huge achievement. You must feel exhausted.

£26.50

Stephen Parsons

Top man 👍 good luck

£26.50

Steven Holmes

Well done dude

£26.50

Anonymous

Good luck mate see you in Plymouth

£26.50

Frank & Kate

Good luck mate

£26.50

Adam Henderson

Best of luck. It's looks a long way uphill!

£26.50

John Perkins

Good luck

£26.50

Alex Stilborn

Your my hero, NOW GO GETTUM!

£26.50

James Harvey

I have enlisted the help of a legion of stouts and badgers who will watching over you the length of this Sceptred Isle and beyond

£26.50

Chas Newbury

Amazing achievement and fabulous charity.

£26.50

Mick Key

Well done Nige. Awesome achievement and for a great cause -!-

£26.50

The Sampey’s

Keep it going Nige - it’s an amazing thing you’re doing pal.

£26.50

Andy Stevenson

Literally.

£26.50

Dougie Steele

Good luck Harry 😁

£26.50

Davies Family

Good Luck Nigel, remember to take a good bum cream! We’ll be cheering you on, lots of love Helen, Izzy and The Prince of Pershore (Keith’s new darts name).

£26.50

Liam Mcdonnell

Good luck Nige 👍

£26.50

Debra Easter

Good luck and hope you have a smooth and puncture free trip. Love Debra and Matt

£26.50

Francis Thorpe

Now you're half way...

£26.50

Andy Wholey

£26.50

Carl Thornton

Ear, bedder get peddlin ant yer

£26.50

Steve Dunster

£26.50

R Wood

All the best.

£26.50

Soozie Trice

Go for it!!

£26.50

Anonymous

Nice 1 Chinkwee!

£26.50

Steve A Atkinson

£26.50

Patricia Mcdonagh

£26.50

Kiran Salan

Good luck Nige!

£26.50

Jon Jackson

Good luck mate!

£26.50

Dave Evans

£26.50

Steven Holmes

What a trip !! Good luck

£26.50

Chipie

Good luck Nige. Lube up.

£26.50

Eleanor Taite

Good Luck

£25

John Baptiste

Go for it mate, more than happy to support you!

£25

Nick B-h

Good luck. Doing this solo will be a good challenge for you.

£25

Rob Stickley

Good luck pal. I'll be ready with the bananas :)

£25

Nige Kingwill

£25

Richard Bailey

Well done mate. Thoroughly epic achievement. Disappointed in fancy dress riding options but I shall overlook this once.

£25

Brad Cannicott

Fantastic cause Nigel and inspirational effort - Well Done to you 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

£25

Martin Gaffney

Well done Nige - brilliant effort!

£25

Bruce

Awesome challenge. May the wind be always on your back and the sun shine warm upon your face. A great cause. Well done. Anything less than 10 days is phenomenal.

£25

Veronica Smith

Good luck

£25

Bea Escartin

Well done Nige! What an achievement

£25

Andrew Brown

A great cause and a great challenge, good luck Nige.

£25

Tom Thiel

Good luck Dude, make sure you have plenty of botty plasters

£25

Mike And Goldie Williamson

Careful with the saddle sores!

£25

Mace Family

Good luck Nige! You'll be walking like John Wayne for a bit! 💖

£25

Les Gee

Best of nige, you will smash it! Love les and family

£25

Matt Drew

Good Luck Nige, don't forget to hydrate!!!!

£25

Euan Adamson

Good luck Nige! Enjoy it, and make sure to keep looking up and around - it's a beautiful place to cycle through!

£25

Graeme Russell

Nige, I don't know you other than sending you anonymous MMR results! Good luck on your crazy journey and do that dagger proud.

£21.20

Sion Wilkes. (aka "jar Jar"???????????)

Good luck on your last leg Nige, a hoofing effort for a fantastic cause, well done buddy!!!💂‍♂️💪🇬🇧🍻👏👍

£21.20

Mark Chesterton (and Fran & Patrick!)

£21.20

Johnny Watson

Amazing effort Nige on a great challenge for a worthy cause, true Commando spirit my Green beret brother. United We Conquer .

£21.20

George Rice

Message to Nige Kingkong (Optional)

£21.20

Frank Slavin

Amazing work Nige, thinking of you on this monumental task. Good luck and God bless brother. X

£21.20

Steven Caress

£21.20

Richard Perkins

Good luck Nige, absolute faith you will smash it.

£21.20

Marcia Wolstencroft

£21.20

Jojo

Wishing you all the very best xxx

£21.20

Eleanor

£21.20

Robert Park

£20

Justgiving Fundraising

£20

Dan Brooks

Good Luck Mate.... don't forget the chamois cream, lots of it!! :)

£20

Randles

Wanted to make sure you did it before we donated 😂😂! Only joking , sorry for the delay and massive congratulations xxx

£20

Ali & Otto

£20

Margaret Swatton

£20

Mark Durham

Good Luck Nigel. You're doing a great job for an important cause so I'm sure that will spur you on when things get tough. Have a great time and stay safe.

£20

Alan Fravolini

£20

Neil Evill

Impressive stuff Nige! Best of luck.

£20

Sally Perrins

Good Luck Nige, I'm sure you'll smash it

£20

Simon Gordon

Well done Nige on completing your trip.

£20

Tracey And Andy

Such an amazing thing to achieve and riding solo! Well done Nige!

£20

Christine & Richard

£20

Simon Gordon

Good luck matey.

£20

Oliver Clarke

Best of luck Nige!

£20

Jason Rowbottom

Great job Nigel.

£20

£15.90

Larry

Granola!

£15.90

Anonymous

£15.90

The Whiteman’s

Good luck Nige! What a great adventure that I’m sure you’ll absolutely smash! Enjoy the journey x

£15.90

Doug

Good work Nigel. I'm sure you're going to nail it

£15

Paul Millar, Because.

£10.60

Beth (michael Holloway S Cousin!)

Good luck! Excellent cause, thank you.

£10.60

Marie Wooldridge

Good luck on your journey down south.

£10.60

Andy Barbour

Good luck Nige 👍

£10.60

Steve Dixon

Smash it mate

£10.60

Cathy Holmes

£10.60

Mags

Good luck Nigel on raising money for such a worthy cause. Mags

£10.60

Garry Patey

Good luck mate

£10.60

John Williams

A great cause Nige hoping the weather stays good for you 👍

£10.60

Kev Smith

Good luck, may you have the wind to your back.

£10.60

Keith Butler

Worthy cause. Good luck.

£10.60

Carrie Tout

Awesome 🚴‍♂️ - spurring you on for the rest of the route 👍😀

£10.60

Megan Cavanagh

£10.60

Lee Jackson

Good luck mate, sure you'll smash it !!

£10.60

Edward Moores

£10.60

Joan Richardson

£10.60

Annm

Good Luck … Enjoy

£10.60

David Cutforth

Work with your brother Simon. Always supported forces charities. Good luck on your challenge.

£10.60

Gary Gerrard

Well done Nige.

£10.60

George Dudley

Good luck Nige 💪💪 - looking forward to the brew 😂😂

£10.60

Robert Maddock

Good luck buddy.

£10.60

Steve Wallace

£10.60

The Trows

Well done Nige, love the trows xxx

£10.60

Liz W

Go Nige! You’re doing brilliantly.

£10.60

Jenny Tasker

Sorry not sure how I missed this before. You're absolutely smashing it Nige. Hope the next leg is a smooth ride. Well done! X

£10.60

Sadie Perkins

Keep going honey, massive achievement 👏 👌 🙌 . Definitely deserve some shots when you finish x

£10.60

Morris’s

Go Nige we know you will smash it!

£10.60

Murray Scott

Good luck Nige.

£10.60

Kate W

Great cause - have fun!

£10

Scott Thomson

Good luck Nige. This is great!

£10

Anonymous

Good luck mate if you need someone to do a leg or two let me Know and I will try and sort give me the route no dramas

£10

Philippa Roberts

£10

Mike Ward

£10

Granite Villa

£10

Man In Layby

£10

Lisa Jordan

Smashing it Nige ! Amazing

£10

Darrell