Two friends from Rugby are preparing for the final leg of their challenge to cycle from coast to coast at the thinnest, widest and longest points of Great Britain.
By completing the third and toughest of their three epic cycle rides, Simon Storey and Chris Wade hope to raise more than £7,000 for the children’s charity When You Wish Upon A Star, adding to the £4,000 they have already collected for other charities.
In 2012 Simon, Chris and two friends cycled from Whitehaven, Cumbria to Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, the narrowest point of the country. In 2013 the duo and four other friends, with the help of a support driver, cycled from St David’s in Wales to Lowestoft, Suffolk, crossing Britain’s widest point.
To complete the hat-trick, Simon, Chris and six friends will be cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End in September. Backed up by two support drivers, they hope to complete the 920-mile trek in eight days.
Four of those taking part are also from Rugby – Mark Slater, Kate Vanloo, Craig Pattison and driver David Jackson. Along with Simon, Mark, Kate and Craig are all members of Rugby Triathlon Club.
“We will average about 115 miles a day and we will be cycling down country but hopefully not against a prevailing wind,” said Simon.
The route will take them over the Forth Road Bridge, through the Lake District, over the Severn Bridge, through Somerset and the West Country, and finally to Land’s End.
On Saturday, members of the team were greeted by the Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Tony Gillias, at the Clock Towers shopping centre as they put in some training on their cycles. They will also be collecting money in aid of When You Wish Upon A Star, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
To make a donation and support the team’s fundraising efforts, visit www.justgiving.com/joglers8.