Postie Patrick Mayes, from Barnet Delivery Office, doesn’t do things by halves, writes Zoe Walker.
He’s currently in training to undertake a charity bike ride in June – which will see him riding all the way from John O’ Groats to Lands End, a journey of around 940 miles, in 14 days.
The bike ride was inspired by a much-missed Barnet-based colleague, Nicholas Evans (pictured), who took his own life in December 2019 at the age of 44.
All the money Patrick raises for completing his mammoth journey will go to Mind mental health charity, in memory of Nick.
‘I’ve been training since February,’ says Patrick. ‘Every weekend and mid-week as well. I am doing this with a friend of mine. We rode our first 70 miles a couple of weeks ago.’
Patrick will need to cycle around 70 miles a day to remain on target to complete the tough challenge he has set himself. He has planned a route that will see him cycling more than 70 miles on some days and less on others.
So was Patrick a keen cyclist before signing up to cycle from one end of the UK to the other?
‘Not a keen cyclist, no! I did like cycling before – and I am keen now,’ he said. ‘I believe that when you start out on the journey you build up your fitness and that it becomes easier after four or five days.
‘When we ride, we are going to have a lot of weight on the back. We start on June 6 and I have taken two weeks off work to do this.
‘Colleagues in Barnet have been incredibly supportive, and I have raised £1,500 already. Everyone there knew Nick and this ride is in memory of him. He was a very popular man. And a funny guy.
‘He was always there to help you out if you needed it – he was always helping me out with my car. It was a real shock to everyone and there was no sign of it at all.’
Patrick’s route is mainly based on roads, but there will be some off-road parts to his journey.
He will be completely unsupported by a road team – but is hoping to be able to film as much of the journey as possible and post GoPro footage on social media and Workplace as he rides. Watch out for more news closer to June 6.
This week, we’re marking Mental Health Awareness Week. Visit myroyalmail.com/yourmentalhealth for more.
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