Month: September 2010

Cyclist’s anger over rail firm’s minibus offer

An end-to-end cyclist has hit out at ScotRail after being left stranded at Thurso Railway Station. advertising

Having just completed an 800-mile trip from Land’s End to John O’Groats with his brother, Matthew Robbins’ journey came to a halt when he discovered his train had been cancelled and just an eight-seater minibus provided as an alternative.

He was among many travellers on the Far North rail line who were left stranded on Friday after two trains to Inverness were cancelled.

Read the full news article on the John O’Groat Journal website: www.johnogroat-journal.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/8698/Cyclist_s_anger_over_rail_firm_s_minibus_offer.html.

Success despite catalogue of challenges

TWO teenagers finished a charity cycle ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End despite breakdowns that threatened to end the attempt.

A third teenager had to drop out because he could not get a replacement cycle when his broke down.

Student Jack Jiggens, 19, from Kiln Lane, Binfield Heath, Tony Knights, 19, a trainee boat-builder, from Shiplake Cross, and Nick Pole, 19, from Wheeler End, near West Wycombe, hit problems from the start of their charity ride.

Donations should go to Camp Mohawk www.justgiving.com/tandemplusone or Cancer Research UK www.justgiving.com/tandemplus1.

Read the full news article on the Henley on Thames website: www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/news.php?id=811049.

Second time lucky for Lechlade cyclist

A CYCLIST has completed a 1,000-mile charity fundraiser at the second attempt after a crash put him out of action for 12months.

It was second time lucky for Adam Druett, of Lechlade who has returned from a successful attempt to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

But his feat is even more impressive than most as it came just 12 months after he destroyed his bike and damaged his knee ligaments when he crashed into a wall at 35mph.

Read the full news article on the Wiltshire & Gloucestershire news website: www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/8390384.Second_time_lucky_for_Lechlade_cyclist/.

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874-mile charity ride for Derby’s six-seater bike team

A group of friends from Derby are preparing to ride a six-person hex-cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for a cancer charity.

Paul Barton, Michael Turton, John Griffin, Jamie Griffin, Gary Testro and Martyn Jackson will embark on the epic adventure in early October.

The men reckon they can complete the 874-mile journey in 16 days.

Read the full news article on the BBC news website: news.bbc.co.uk/local/derby/hi/people_and_places/newsid_8997000/8997665.stm.

Make a donation: www.justgiving.com/HEXBIKE-BreakthroughBreastCancerUK.
Website: www.saddle-row.com.

Pair cycle length of country for charity

Setting off at the end of July, John Hoath, from Freshwater, and James Quigley, from Carisbrooke, both 24, finished the epic journey in just 16 days — a day earlier than planned.

They completed the journey without a support vehicle and slept in tents along the way.

A run of early bad luck caused punctures and four snapped bike chains in hilly Cornwall and the final part of their route took them through Scotland and up and over “harsh” 2,200ft mountains, such as Glen Shee.

Read the full news article on the Isle of Wight County Press website: www.iwcp.co.uk/news/news/pair-cycle-length-of-country-for-charity-34725.aspx.

Make a donation: www.justgiving.com/quigley1100miles.

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