Tomorrow, Thursday, July 17, a team of Gayton and Massingham fundraisers will set off on their challenge to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise funds for the Hillington Hospice and Cancer Research.
The charity cycle challenge will see brothers, Mark, 40, and Wayne Lockwood, 36, joining forces with friends, Richard Waterfield, 40, Karl Harrison, 27, and Will Harman, 17.
All five are planning to complete the 850miles within eight days to raise money for two causes close to their hearts after being challenged by Mark who completed the challenge a decade ago.
Mark said: “It all stemmed from realising that it had been 10 years since I last did it, but we did it in four-and-a-half days then which was quite a challenge.
“This time, we’re taking a longer route around Devon and Loch Ness so that we can take in more of the scener. We’ll still be cycling around 100 miles a day, with 125 on the first day, but I’m hoping this will be more enjoyable than cycling 180 a day like last time.”
The cyclists have been training hard for the trip, fitting it in around working different shift patterns and, in Will’s case, exams at college.
Mark said: “Last time I did it with no training at all but I’m finding it a lot harder this time. We’re all looking forward to it although I think some of us are a little apprehensive about whether they can do it or not. I’m sure we’ll all be find once we start.”
The group are fundraising for two causes, with most choosing to support the new Norfolk Hospice building in Hillington, while Karl is collecting for Cancer Research.
Mark said: “We all just want to do something good for a worthy cause. I supported Cancer Research last time so I wanted to choose a different cause and something a bit closer to home. Being just down the road, the Hospice seemed like the perfect choice.
“We had a tour around the new building and it is very impressive, so whatever helps them.”
“Karl chose Cancer Research after losing three family members in the last two years to cancer, his stepfather, grandad and uncle all died of the disease.”
To sponsor the fundraisers supporting the Norfolk Hospice, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Norfolkandgood858 and to sponsor Karl for Cancer Research, go to www.justgiving.com/Karl-Harrison2014/
Mark said: “A huge thanks to everyone who has supported us so far through sponsorship, donations of energy bars and even support vehicles.”