A SUPERMARKET worker is cycling from Spain to Scotland in a pioneering bid to get his berries.
ASDA soft fruit buyer, Andy Jackson, from Holmfirth, hatched the plan while taking a routine look at a new range of strawberries.
Although the berry was developed in Scotland, it is grown in the Mediterranean sun – so Andy decided to pick up the last of the Spanish strawberries and bring them ‘home’ to Arbroath in time for the start of the Scottish season.
What’s more, he would do this on his bike and all for a berry good cause.
Not only will Andy be delivering the goods, but his mammoth ride is set to raise hundreds of pounds for ASDA’s Pedal Power charity that supports 270 local bike club projects around the UK.
The epic ride started in Huelva in southern Spain last Friday and ends in Arbroath, north of Dundee, a mere 1,800 miles later, next Friday. .
The challenge – the same distance as the Tour de France – is usually completed in 20 days.
Andy, however, is looking to cover a gruelling 125 miles a day and aims to complete the journey in just 15 days.
Andy, an experienced cyclist, competing time triallist and current ‘Yorkshire Best All Rounder’ said: “I’m an experienced rider – but this is a challenging route even for me.
“I’m confident I can meet the physical and mental demands though, especially as I have such a terrific back up team.”
Lochy Porter, managing director of Good Natured Fruit company, said: “We are delighted that our good natured friend Andy has volunteered to bring our fruit home from Spain and raise money for ASDA Pedal Power at the same time.
“What better way to herald the start of the wonderfulScottish fruit season?
“All that remains is for us to say good luck and – get on your bike Andy!”
CONTACT: If you want to enjoy the thrill of the race, but without the pain, then follow Andy on http://twitter.com/goodnaturedandy