A DETERMINED son cycled 400 miles in memory of his bike-loving mum who died earlier this year.

Sam Meadows cycled to various destinations over four days in honour of Sue Meadows, who passed away at St Luke’s Hospice on February 6.

All of the destinations chosen on the route meant something to Sue, who, like her son, was also a keen cyclist.

Sam said: “Everywhere she went she’d be on her bike with her basket, whether it was shopping or visiting friends.”

He added: “I was sitting on her bed talking the night she died about all the things we’d like to do in life.

“I do a lot of sport and endurance events for fun, but this time we decided I was going to do something for charity.”

On the first day of the challenge Sam and his friend Chris Hickson, who runs his own bike repair company in Doncaster, spent seven hours cycling 107 miles.

They visited special places in Sue’s life such as Sandbach, Sam’s family home, St Luke’s Hospice, Beeston Castle, Christie Hospital and Jodrell Bank.

The pair did encounter a hitch or two, Sam experiencing a puncture, though thankfully just 1.5 miles from the end of the challenge.

After the first day, Sam then powered on for three more days to complete the gruelling challenge.

Sam said: “It was harder than you think, physically it’s hard but not exhausting, but it’s the getting up the next day, having breakfast then jumping back on the bike.

“It gave me plenty of time to look forward about where you were going next, have time to think about it, take it all in, great to bring memories flooding back.

“I would recommend bike ride to others in similar situation, much better than say just driving to these locations.”

The pair raised £2,500 for completing the challenge.

The money has been divided between four charities which were very close to Sue, St Luke’s Hospice, Barnardos, Macmillian and The Christie Hospital.

Sam said: “St Luke’s staff were fabulous, absolutely brilliant, very comforting and couldn’t have been any more lovely towards my mum and our family.”