A PRUDHOE Aldi employee has cycled from Northumberland to Glastonbury.

Jonathan Wheeler made the five-day trip to the festival to fundraise for Oxfam - a charity he volunteers for.

He cycled for an average of 11 hours per day - including stops - taking in just under 450 miles.

This is the seventh time Jonathan has cycled to the popular music festival, each time choosing a different route. He travelled home mainly by train. 

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"There's nothing like it", he said. "I'm a big fan of travelling generally but to arrive somewhere by bicycle for that distance is fantastic.

"I love the journey of getting somewhere by bike, it's always a great experience. 

"There's lots of cycling routes which take you direct through parts of the country I wouldn't otherwise visit. It's a good way to see other parts of the country - though you don't have much time to admire when you're focusing on the road."

Jonathan battled both 30-degree heat and torrential rain on his journey to Somerset - but it was all worth it, he said.

He added: "It was a great release, everyone was committed to making the most of it. There is always positive energy to be had.

"It's one of my favourite places in the world. So many great acts, so many shows to watch, but its also great to catch up with friends and make new ones as well."

Jonathan, who completed his first fundraising cycle aged 16 to Seahouses, has raised nearly £300 in donations.

"Every time I saw a donation come in and all the words of support online, it really helped me push further", he said.

To donate, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jonathan-wheeler7?fbclid=IwAR11wxLRkyJUkL5VaR_G2ZPdUMSAOL_1-Jc6D0Hq05TZ0JL1OzhVT4_YuAM