Group of friends get on their bikes for good cause

The group of five men who cycled from Land's End in south west England to John O'Groats in northern Scotland.
The group of five men who cycled from Land's End in south west England to John O'Groats in northern Scotland.
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Four Morpeth residents used pedal power to raise a big total for a cancer charity.

The middle-aged men, who met when their children started first school, cycled from Land’s End in the far south west of England to John O’Groats in the far north east of Scotland.

They did more than 100 miles a day over nine days.

After using social media to raise the profile of the ride, Jon Logan, Martin McKenna, Paul Hardy and John Wales, along with Mr Hardy’s work colleague and friend Jon Cooke, received a lot of support and they have now brought in more than £17,000 in total for Cancer Research UK.

Mr Hardy did the challenge in honour of his mother-in-law, Morpeth resident Christine Leitch, who died in July following a battle with terminal cancer.

He said: “When she was going through the treatment process I felt like a spare part, so I wanted to do a tough physical activity that would raise as much money as possible for vital cancer research.

“I decided that the Land’s End to John O’Groats bike ride would be an appropriate challenge and the other four participants agreed to it immediately as they all have loved ones and friends who have been affected by cancer.

“We had a difficult start in the south west – there was 800ft of hill climbing just on the first day in Cornwall – but that meant we also enjoyed some spectacular views.

“We got into a routine of getting up very early, cycling for 11 hours including stops and going for a bite to eat before heading to bed between 9pm and 10pm.

“We had to deal with a 25mph headwind on the final stretch, but we kept going and it was a very proud moment when we got to John O’Groats.

“The ride was the hardest and most amazing thing we’ve ever done. The generosity of the people who have donated has been very humbling and we’re extremely grateful.”

To donate, visit www.vir ginmoneygiving.com/cyclin ganendtoendcancer