Cycling duo get into gear for major challenge

Eileen and Richard Burrow will aim to ride a 1,316-mile route from Land's End to John O'Groats over 32 days.
Eileen and Richard Burrow will aim to ride a 1,316-mile route from Land's End to John O'Groats over 32 days.

A husband and wife from Morpeth are getting on their bikes for an epic charity ride.

The cycle journey from Land’s End in the far south west of England to John O’Groats in the far north east of Scotland – 1316 Miles for Smiles – will be undertaken by Richard and Eileen Burrow.

The 62-year-olds will be raising money for Pearl of Africa Child Care Ltd, which works in partnership with the Molly and Paul Childcare Foundation to provide education and care to orphaned children in an area of Uganda.

A total of four-and-a-half weeks has been set aside for the challenge, which is set to start on June 4.

Preparations began at the start of the year, but there was a setback for the duo in February when Mr Burrow came off his bike and cracked his pelvis.

After recovering from the injury about six weeks ago, they have been on training runs around the outskirts of Morpeth and places further afield such as Rothbury and Elsdon. Mrs Burrow has also been going to spinning classes.

Mr Burrow said: “We did a cycle tour of Holland over three weeks last summer. We enjoyed it, but it’s a flat country and we wanted to do something more challenging.

“Our son Oliver did the Land’s End to John O’Groats ride as part of an RAF team in 12 days a couple of years ago and he found it tough, but rewarding. We felt it was something worth doing ourselves over a longer period.

“We’ve had lots of support from friends, family and others and hopefully we will raise a good total for the charity.”

For more information about the ride and charity, visit www.1316milesforsmiles.com