John O’Groats to land’s end – with no stopping

MacMillan Cancer Ride. From Left Rob Carter,Chris Woods,John Morris, Craig walker who are taking part in  a sponsored cycle in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support
MacMillan Cancer Ride. From Left Rob Carter,Chris Woods,John Morris, Craig walker who are taking part in a sponsored cycle in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support

LIKE many ideas, it popped up over a few beers.

Wouldn’t it be possible to cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End within four days if it was done as a continuous relay?

Which is how a group of four enthusiasts are in training for the marathon in June, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, and realising just how big a challenge they have set themselves.

They will be cycling in pairs at all times, in four-hour stints, with one rider scheduled to change over every two hours. Each of the four cyclists will complete about 500 miles.

Lining up are Robert Carter, a project engineer, aged 36, who lives in Walkley, Chris Woods, a financial director, aged 46, of Eckington, John Morris, a software developer, aged 41, of Grenoside, and Craig Walker, a sales manager, aged 38, who lives in Derby.

They will be accompanied by a driver, Steve Crawshaw, an engineer, aged 42, of Burncross.

“This idea seemed very plausible at the time – we were in the pub – and a few people sort of volunteered,” said John. “In the cold light of day the volunteers dwindled and then recently Rob resurrected the idea – in the pub – and here we are.”

The schedule envisages 84 hours of cycling, which has produced the team name, JOGLE 84 Team.

Already around £4,000 has been raised towards an initial minimum target of £5,000. “Our lives have all been affected by cancer in one way or another so we have decided that we would like to give any donations to Macmillan Cancer Support.”

The cyclists will set off on June 1.

“It is only now that it is dawning on us just how tough this challenge will be both mentally and physically,” added John.

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/jogle84.