A DETERMINED father is in the middle of the biggest adventure of his life as he attempts to walk the length of the UK and become the first transplant athlete to complete the historic route from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Ryan Brett, 32, set off from Land’s End in Cornwall at the end of May heading for John O’Groats in Scotland – 874 miles away.

He reached St Helens on Saturday evening after starting in Shrewsbury earlier in the day and he will make his way north stopping at Lancaster, Penrith and Langholm as well as Eddleston, Dunfermline and Pitlochery.

He is due to reach Aviemore on June 13 before heading to Tain, Dunbeath and John O’Groats on June 15 after 17 days on the road.

Ryan had a kidney transplant in 2015 and believes he has been given a second chance in life, wanting to inspire the next generation of youngsters.

Ryan said: “On May 30 I embarked on my biggest adventure yet – attempting to become the first transplant athlete to complete Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG).

“I’m hoping to do it in 17 days and will be averaging 50 miles each day, carrying all my belongings with me.

“This has been a dream of mine for a while and failing last year’s attempt due to Covid-19 has made me more determined than ever.

“I’m doing it for two reasons – I want to inspire my son and other children to push themselves to achieve what might appear unachievable and to believe they can do or be anything they want.

“I also want to test myself both physically and mentally to see what I can do after being given a second chance – I’m not going to waste it.”

Ryan is doing the challenge in aid of Transplant Sport UK and has already raised £1,500.

To make a donation visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lejogtx