Four pals who are now all retired have decided to ‘give it a go’ - ‘it’ being a cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’ Groats. They started practising before Christmas and are now regularly doing rides of 20 - 25 miles which they will gradually increase as the actual run will involve days of 65 to 85 miles.
Cyclists David Troup and Ian Westgate will be doing the complete 986 miles whilst Peter Dixon and Barry Clark will be in a supporting role moving the camp forward each day before cycling back to meet their friends to encourage them along the last 20 miles or so into camp each day.
The group which includes wives Jo, Hazel and Liz will be staying at campsites along the route with a celebratory stay in a ‘posh’ hotel at the end after 15 days of gruelling pedalling.
The friends are all supporters of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, the charity with Head Office at Saunderton. Between them they have given 15 puppies a great start to becoming wonderful Hearing Dogs. They hope by this challenge to raise greater awareness of the charity and to raise funds to enable more dogs to give independence, increase confidence and provide companionship to profoundly deaf people by alerting them to everyday sounds that we take for granted.
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