The ‘crazy’ father who cycled from Glasgow to Wythenshawe for charity – on his daughter’s little pink bike


A father raised thousands of pounds for charity after cycling from Glasgow to Wythenshawe… on his daughter’s little pink bike.Wesley Hamnett, 37, has been described by his wife and family as ‘crazy’ after offering to travel the 220km round trip to raise money for four Manchester-based charities.

The father-of-two from Woodhouse Park had prepared to cycle from Russia to Manchester on his road bike, but this had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, he offered to take a bike ride from the Scottish town to his hometown of Wythenshawe, with a special twist.

Wesley posted on Twitter that if he received 10,000 retweets and £ 1,000 in donations, he would ride the ride on his daughter’s bike.

Wesley as he reached the Lancashire border

Six days, over 200 miles and several flat tires later, Wesley has now returned home to his family – having completed the trip on the tiny pink bike.

He has raised over £ 5,000 for Macmillan, Christie Hospital, British Heart Foundation and Wythenshawe Hospital.

“I feel terrible today so I just had a full English breakfast,” Wesley said, addressing Manchester Evening News.

After losing his last surviving grandparent to cancer last year, Wesley, who works for Manchester Airport, decided he wanted to do something remarkable.

He had planned to cycle 1,250 miles from Woodhouse Park to the Russian town of Sebezh, but that had to be postponed due to Covid-19.

“I had everything planned for my trip to Russia in September and had booked the flights,” Wesley said.

Wesley as he reached the Cumbrian border on the route from Glasgow to Wythenshawe

“I had done all my mapping and checked all the hotels, but the pandemic hit and I had to cancel my trip. ”

“I thought it was probably a good thing because I shouldn’t have really traveled during the coronavirus, but I still wanted to do something. ”

Wesley said he had thought about cycling from Glasgow to Manchester, but that “didn’t seem to be enough”.

“I decided to post a tweet saying that if I had 10,000 retweets and £ 1,000 more in donations for my Russian fund, I would be riding around on my daughter’s bike,” he said.

“The day before my trip to Glasgow, I hit the target.

“I was wondering and thinking, can I even do it on this bike? I woke up at 4 am for the train and thought I can do it.

Wesley must have made several trips to Halfords during his trip

“My two daughters learned to ride this bike, so it has a lot of sentimental value to me. ”

Wesley started his run last Wednesday and has done about 38 miles a day for six days.

He said riding the Shap Summit in Cumbria on a kids’ bike was one of the hardest things he’s done.

“Nothing scares me but going down that summit was pretty crazy,” he said.

“There were several moments along the way where I burst out laughing. When I got to Wythenshawe, I thought I had no way to get there. ”

Wesley had to call Halfords for several tire changes along the way due to the weight put on the bike.

Wesley is greeted by his two daughters as he walks home

“When I got to the Civic Center I could feel the tire starting to wobble, but luckily it just held the finish line,” he said.

“I’m back to work tomorrow at 7 am, so I’m going right back to that.

“I’m still planning to make my trip to Russia next year, but I’m not sure I can ever get past that. ”

You can always donate to Wesley’s gofundme page here.


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