AN AMBITIOUS cyclist helped support a charity that provides lifesaving treatment for people suffering from malaria by cycling more than 2,000 miles in just 21 days.

Former University of Chester student Kevin Gill, from Penketh, chose to pedal the distance between England and Canada for his latest challenge.

And the kind-hearted 36-year-old, who works as head of performance analysis for premiership rugby team Harlequins, raised more than £1,300 for the Malaria No More organisation in the process.

Kevin travelled at least 99 miles a day through the UK without any support team and slept in a hammock throughout his trip. He admitted it was one of his most difficult journeys so far: “This year’s challenge was one of the toughest I’ve ever endured. Twenty one days sleeping in a hammock, and cycling 99 miles a day, really takes its toll on the body and mind.

“There were times when I had injuries and I thought I may not be able to go on. During these hard times you have to unlock your inner mental strength that helps you battle on through, and keep turning the pedals. It’s the hard times that you have to endure during challenges like this that make the good moments so much sweeter.”

But the sports sciences graduate said it was all worth it for a cause close to his heart: “I’m so glad I was able to raise a good sum of money for such a great charity. Malaria No More does amazing work around the globe, and I know the money I raised will make a massive difference to so many people’s lives. It’s an honour to help the charity in this way.”