‘Cycling is like sailing - headwinds are bad,' he reports

Former Yachting Monthly deputy editor Miles Kendall swapped his foulies for Lycra to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The 1,000-mile journey took him 11 days, with the highlands of Scotland being the most memorable part.

‘Passing the islands and lochs around Largs and Oban was fantastic,’ said Miles. ‘I can see why cruising sailors rave about this part of the world – though the high number of Fisher yachts suggest you need good protection to enjoy a long season.’

‘Cycling is remarkably like sailing in that wind direction is all important – a Force 6 on the nose can ruin your day.

‘And I even ‘tacked’ up the steepest hills to reduce the gradient!’

Miles, 42, from Lymington, undertook the gruelling ride to raise money to support people with serious allergies.

‘My 10-year-old son Sam is allergic to milk, eggs and nuts,’ he said. ‘It’s a constant risk and worry and serious allergies are becoming more widespread all the time.’

You can support Miles at www.justgiving.com/miles-kendall