A DAD-of-one has cycled 1,003 miles from Lands End to John o' Groats in aid of a cause close to his heart.

Phil Shepherd , from Leigh, set off from Cornwall on Saturday, July 20 at the start of a 16-day journey that finished with him arriving at the top of Scotland on Monday, August 5.

The former Lowton High School pupil completed the riding challenge on his own with his wife Heather, 40, and daughter Ella, seven, accompanying him on the trek up north.

They stayed in camp sites and bed and breakfast properties along the way.

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Phil just before setting off at Lands End

Phil, 45, said: "It was pretty tough and I faced different types of extreme weather.

"There was a heatwave and it was 36 degrees Celsius when I was in Somerset.

"In Scotland there was also torrential rain and there were lots of midges that I had to put up with.

"The scenery up there was amazing as well.

"I came though the challenge fine though and suffered no injuries and no punctures."

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Phil on his way from Loch Lomond from Inveruglas

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Phil at the waterfall on the Pass of Glencoe

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This is not the first gruelling challenge Phil, who words as a tax advisor, has taken on before.

Three years ago he completed the Manchester Marathon.

Despite finishing the run, Phil got hurt in the process and vowed from that point to stick to cycling rather than running.

In preparation for the journey, Phil, who now lives in Northwich, trained on the peaks of Buxton to get fit.

He decided to support the Rotary Club of Leigh as he has always been aware of their efforts to help the community.

He has a family friend, who is a former president of the organisation, Dave Jones.

"The rotary club do a lot of really good work to support a lot of charities and I am glad to help them whenever I cam," Phil added.

Phil also stopped off at the headquarters of charity True Colours CIC in Bengal Street in Leigh during his trek on Monday, July 29.

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From left; Rotary Club of Leigh president Alan Smallshaw, Phil, Victoria Broxton and Peter Nugent

A crowdfunding page that Phil set up has raised £1,533. The money will be donated to the rotary club and any gift aid claimed will go to True Colours CIC.

To donate to the page click here.