From 26th -29th June, John MacPhee along with a team of nine family and friends (pictured above) including his wife Yvonne took on the challenge of cycling 1358km around the entire border of Iceland in support of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) and The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Half of the team, aptly named ‘Parkinson’s Power’, have been diagnosed with the condition including John (pictured below) who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in his mid-40s, around seven years ago.

Their incredible cycle challenge was part of the 'WOW Cyclothon', the longest and the largest road race in Iceland. John had originally planned to cycle around the coast of Iceland in a fortnight, but after being introduced to Snorri Mar Snorrason from Reykjavik who is also living with Parkinson’s, they decided to turn the trip into a much bigger challenge. More team members began to join, and the group quickly increased to 10 strong with fundraisers joining from all over the world including Ireland, Iceland, Canada, Scotland and the Isle of Man.

With a maximum of 72 hours allowed to complete the challenge, John and the team cycled the entire course around the Icelandic border in an amazing 56 hours, 57 minutes, breaking into a roar as they crossed the finish line in the early hours of Saturday morning. John said:

“The Parkinson’s Power Team’s Icelandic adventure was quite simply one of the most challenging but rewarding things I have ever been involved in. The intensity of the event tests many aspects of an individual not just their cycling ability but physical and mental strength too.

A stand out moment was at around 3am on Friday morning, the weather was awful. I cycled hard for nearly half an hour up a steep mountain side with a tremendous headwind and very strong side gusts too. My legs ached but beating that hill was a real highlight.

Now it’s finished there is a strange mix of feelings which seesaw from euphoria to despair that it has finished, and it is unlikely the team will ever be in the same place again.”

CPT is incredibly grateful to John and the team for taking on this huge challenge to help raise awareness and funds for our Parkinson’s research.

To read more of the team's story or to support their fundraising please visit the Parkinson’s Power fundraising page. You can also take a look at the team's fantastic fundraising adventure on their Facebook page.