Our amazing cycling scouser Andrew ‘Rogo’ Rogerson is undertaking an epic journey from Seattle Children’s hospital and finishing at Jaguar Land Rover’s US HQ in New Jersey.
Like Clark Kent, Halewood Associate Andrew Rogerson has a
dual identity. Most people know him as a down-to-earth guy from Halewood who
used to be a plumber until he joined Jaguar Land Rover where today he works as
an electrician in the Off Track after starting out on the door line in 2006.
However when you ask him about his “other persona” Andy is adamant he is no
superman, but just a normal guy who loves embarking on outlandish adventures to
raise money for sick children.
In 2010 Andy climbed up Kilimanjaro. Then he climbed up
Mount Elbus, rode across Vietnam, hiked to Machu Picchu, cycled from JLR
Shanghai to JLR Halewood and completed five marathons in five days in the
Jordanian desert. To his friends, family and work colleagues – in particular
Robbie Fearns whose son Charlie’s battle with leukaemia was the inspiration
behind Andy’s now infamous fundraising escapades - he is the ultimate superhero
known as the “Cycling Scouser”.
On 2 July Andy embarked on his latest adventure, a 42 day charity
challenge to get across America, on his bike, in time to catch the flight home
on 11 August. Andy started at the Seattle
Children’s hospital, where Charlie was treated, and will finish at Jaguar Land
Rover’s US HQ in New Jersey – which is over 3000 miles. All to raise money for
Charlie’s Chance Foundation which is the Halewood Charity of the Year.
Andy is cycling over the Rockies straight out the traps
which is going to be tough dealing with that elevation straight off, as well as
the worry of meeting stray cougars, bears and wild mountain lions! Then on
through the USA stopping off at several Jaguar Land Rover dealerships en-route
to New Jersey.
Mountaineer and Land Rover ambassador Kenton Cool is one of
Andy’s personal heroes so just before he set off on his ride, the team at
Halewood set up a training session for Andy with Kenton at the Halewood off-road
track. You can watch the video on Facebook @JLRHalewood.
Shortly after Andy returns to the UK, on Wednesday 15th
August he will be joining a group of JLR employees in a monster cycle from
Gaydon to Halewood, calling at all our UK sites. More details on how to get
involved in this activity will follow in a future People Talk UK. In the mean-time,
to learn more about Andrew’s America Challenge and follow his progress as he
rides through the USA, visit his Facebook page where he is posting daily
updates of his adventure @cyclingscouser