A CARING cyclist from South Tyneside went the extra mile in honour of his beloved father-in-law after saddling up for an epic charity challenge.
Gary Kinghorn, 50, completed an energy-sapping 140 mile coast-to-coast bike ride from Whitehaven to South Shields to boost the fight against cancer.
The two-wheeled trek took a gruelling 13 hours to finish over the course of a weekend – but father-of-two Mr Kinghorn was back on his bike for his daily commute the next day.
Mr Kinghorn, from East View, Boldon Colliery, was riding for Macmillan Cancer Support in tribute to the sterling work the charity did in caring for father-in-law Albert Stanton.
Mr Stanton, a father-of-three from Jarrow, died in March this year, after a long battle with prostate cancer.
Mr Kinghorn was joined on the coast-to-coast route by wife Paula, who offered moral support.
Mr Kinghorn said: “The ride was great. It took 13 hours in total. Some of the climbs on the route were tough, but I really enjoyed it.
“Paula came along in the car and having her there to support me was a really big help.
“I couldn’t have done it without her.
“We are still finalising the money we have raised, but we are looking at about £880 for the charity.”
While many would be happy to take a well-earned break after a fundraising feat, Mr Kinghorn was back on the saddle and heading to his day job as a painter and decorator at South Tyneside District Hospital.
He said: “I did enjoy putting my feet up the weekend after.
“I ride to work every day, which is about three and a half miles.
“I rode to work at South Tyneside Hospital on the Monday after I did the ride. I was aching a bit.
“But I did really enjoy it. It was a great challenge and it was for my father-in-law.”
People can still donate to Mr Kinghorn’s charity challenge by logging onto www.justgiving.com/gary-kinghorn2