Later this month Alex Embiricos — whose father Nick Embiricos owned the 1981 Grand National winner Aldaniti — is going to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats in aid of the Bob Champion Cancer Trust.

Alex will set off on tomorrow (Tuesday 31 August), aiming to cover 1,000 miles in 12 days.

“It will be an incredible, but I imagine painful, way to view Great Britain — I am certainly no Victoria Pendleton,” said Alex.

“This charity is very close to my heart as my father’s horse Aldaniti won the Grand National. This was no ordinary achievement, but a fairy tale to end all fairy tales.

“Bob [Champion, who rode the horse to win] had won a hard and gritty battle against cancer, but, during his illness and tough treatments, the dream that kept Bob going was to win the National on Aldaniti.

“This was not all straight forward as the horse himself suffered a severe tendon injury.

Things at one stage looked incredibly grim, but together they fought through their pain, and their incredible bravery and determination led them to storm up the run in and win one of the greatest Grand Nationals ever.”

Alex, who has ridden 58 winners in point-to-points and under rules, is hoping to raise £10,000.

To donate visit: www.justgiving.com and type in Alex Embiricos, or contact The Bob Champion Cancer Trust on 0207 924 3553