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Dentist pulls out all the stops

Malvern Editorial 4th Jun, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A MALVERN dentist cleaned up for charity after completing an epic cycle challenge last month.

David Watson from Beacon DentalCare on Pickersleigh Road cycled more than 900 miles from John O’Groats in the North East of Scotland, to Land’s End, the most southerly part of England and helped raise thousands of pounds in the process for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The gruelling ride, which was completed by over 20 keen cyclists, was organised by Denplan who are the UK’s leading dental payment plan specialist.

It began on Saturday, May 10 and took the team ten days to complete. Donations towards the ride are still flooding in and the riders have already smashed their target of raising £30,000.

Mr Watson, a principal dentist at Beacon DentalCare, said the challenge was one he would never forget.

“I still can’t work out how I managed to finish the ride, though I’m so glad I did,” he said.

“The hardest part was the mental challenge of keeping myself motivated everyday, especially as I experienced a lot of pain in my knees and neck throughout the journey.

“I tried to use the visualisation techniques I’d learnt from a friend to keep me going, and in doing so, learnt that I can push myself and my body much further than I originally imagined.

“The feeling when we finally arrived at Land’s End was amazing, though it took a few days to really sink in. I’m so pleased that I took part in the ride and helped to raise money for such a fantastic charity.

“I’ve made some life-long friends who helped me through the bad days and inspired me to keep going when the enormity of the challenge almost seemed too much.

“I’m eternally grateful to everyone who has donated their time, money and support to help me complete this spectacular endeavour – I couldn’t have done it without you.”

Macmillan Cancer Support provides vital medical, emotional, practical and financial support to those living with cancer and their families.

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