John o' Groats to Land's End Combine Challenge 2023

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raised of £10,000 target
by 2330 supporters

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Raising money for Children with Cancer UK and Mind


We drove a combine harvester from John o' Groats to Land's End between the 4th and 8th June 2023 to raise awareness and funds for Mind mental health charity and Children with Cancer UK.

The team comprised of four drivers, Olly Harrison, John Branson, James Baldini and Martin Williams. All of the drivers have suffered the loss of close friends through suicide. These tragic losses could have been avoided by talking and communication so we are doing our best to raise awareness of this big problem country-wide by partnering with Mind mental health charity.

As farmers we chose the biggest machine that we could find to highlight this big issue throughout the country and we are happy to have Claas on board and supporting the project. Their chosen charity this year, Children with Cancer UK, represents the other half of our charity involvement.

The route was driven over five days, starting John O’Groats with overnight stops at Sellars Agriculture Ltd Perth, Rickerby Ltd Carnforth, Cotswold Farm Park and Hamblys Ltd Launceston.

We also called in en-route to AW Jenkinson Lockerbie and Morris Corefield Broseley.

In order to minimise our environmental impact we ran on Certas Energy HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) fossil-free fuel.

Total route distance is around 875 miles. Being agricultural we couldn't use motorways and being 3.49 metres wide on A roads and smaller we also had to plan very carefully. We did around 200 miles per day with the final day being slightly shorter allowing us to arrive at Land's End in daylight.

You can watch videos of the run on Olly's Youtube channel

After the event, the combine was on show at Cereals Arable Event, Thoresby Estate, Newark and continues to attend selected shows and events as fundraising is still going on.

Day 1 - Sunday 4th June

KW1 4YR - A99, A9, Ruthvenfield Road, Almondgrove Place - PH1 3TR

Day 2 - Monday 5th June

PH1 3TR - Almondgrove Place, Ruthvenfield Road, A9, Alloa Road/A907, A91, A872, AVOID Drove Loan Dennyloadhead 7.5t weight limit, By-Pass Road, Bonnybridge Road/A803, Bridge St/B816, Seabegs Road/B816, AVOID Walton Road Backnock, Forest Road, Lenziemill Road/B8054, A73 - Waypoint ASDA Newmains ML2 9AS

Waypoint ASDA Newmains ML2 9AS - Main St, A71, Carlisle Rd/B7078, Ayr Rd/A70, B7078, A702, B7076, A701, B7076 - DG11 2SQ (please no visitors to this location)

DG11 2SQ (please no visitors to this location) - B7076, A7, Hardwicke Circus, Georgian Way, Spencer Street, Warwick Road, The Crescent, English Street, Victoria Viaduct, James Street, Currock Road - CA2 4AU

CA2 4AU - Currock Road, Blackwell Road, Durdar Road, Newbiggin Road, A6 - LA5 9RQ

Day 3 - Tuesday 6th June

LA5 9RQ - A6, Black Bull Lane, Cadley Causeway, Woodplumpton Road/B5411, Tulketh Brow, A583, Strand Road/A5072, A59, School Lane, Carr Lane, Ring O'Bells Lane, Briars Lane/A5209, Hall Lane/B5240 - L40 5UW

L40 5UW - B5240, Lyelake Lane, Rainford Road/A570, Hall Lane/B5240, Wigan Road/A577, Lyelake Lane/B5240, St Helens Linkway/A570, Watkinson Way/A557, Mersey Gateway Bridge/A533, Southern Expressway/A533, Northwich Road/A533, Warrington Road/A49, Whitchurch Bypass/A49, Whitchurch Bypass/A41, Heath Road/A41, A49, A5, A458, AVOID St. Mary's Road 7.5t weight limit, B4376, B4375 - TF12 5BB

TF12 5BB - Benthall Lane/B4375, A458, Kidderminster Road/A442, Franche Road/A442, Proud Cross Ringway/A442, Park Butts Ringway/A456, Ringway/A456, Ringway/A451, Ringway/A451, Worcester Road/A442, Worcester Road/A449, Pershore Lane/A4538, Evesham Road/A44, The Squires/A44, A46, Broadway Road/A44, Snowshill Road, Buckle St, Evesham Road/B4632, Church St, Snowshill Road, Buckle St - GL54 5FL

Day 4 - Wednesday 7th June

GL54 5FL - A429 to Stroud Road/A419 - GL7 6JS

GL7 6JS - Tetbury Road/A429, A350, A36, A350, A303, A30, Honiton Road/A3015, Hill Barton Road/A3015, Rydon Lane/A3015, Bridge Road/A379, Dawlish Road, Church Road, A30, A390, Pennygillam Way - PL15 7ED

Day 5 - Thursday 8th June

PL15 7ED - Pennygillam Way, A30 - TR19 7AA

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About the charities

  • Children with Cancer UK

    RCN 298405
  • Mind

    RCN 219830

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