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Jeff Chambers and Stuart Morgan complete the Lands End to John O’Groats cycle ride for charity.

Jeff Chambers and Stuart Morgan recently set off to compete the 900 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats by bike. For Jeff, who has already cycled this route seven times before, this was to be his eighth and last trip. However when a need for more back-up support became apparent Jeff graciously decided to assist from the support van and enable the four intrepid cyclists to complete their own very first endurance challenge. Stuart confesses that he would not have finished the ride if it had not been for Jeff’s encouragement and advice and the back-up support provided.

The first two days of the ride from Land’s End through the tough terrain of Cornwall and Devon were felt to be the hardest going of the trip. However, the weather proved fair and, despite the heavy Bank Holiday weekend traffic, the cycling went almost according to plan with only two of the team, Stuart included, finding themselves temporarily “lost”.

Then near disaster struck a few of days later when Stuart was knocked off his bicycle by a car in Wem, Shropshire. Although shaken, showing his determination to finish, he picked himself up and continued on. 

The halfway point for the journey was Gretna Green, a fact that may surprise many. It was at this point that the weather took a turn for the worse when a very cold and strong north-easterly wind arrived. This remained for the rest of the trip and was to bring a mixture of weather, which made some of the cycling in the exposed and hilly terrain through Scotland a very character-forming experience.

In particular this made the days cycle up the 1,200 feet climb over Rannoch Moor in extreme cold, intermittent rain and sleet and a raging 22mph headwind, which necessitated constantly having to pedal the normally exhilarating three-mile descent to Glencoe village, particularly demanding.

Nevertheless the team proved up for the challenge and the trip was completed on time and without further incident when they arrived safely in a very cold and windy John O’Groats on Sunday 30th April.

A total of 911 miles were cycled with a combined total height of 40,000 feet ascended (and descended) over a cycling time of 73.5 hours, representing a very creditable average speed of 12.5mph.

The time taken to complete the 916 miles route was a very credible 16 days at an average speed of 12.5mph, which is not bad when considering it included a total accent of over 36,500 feet and a headwind for several days of 25mph.

Their 16 days adventure has so far raised over £2,000.00 for the Northants & Hunts Mark Benevolent Association and £3,000.000 for The Eve Appeal.

The work of The Eve Appeal focuses on raising women's awareness of the symptoms and funding research into the five Gynaecological cancers, including Ovarian Cancer. Stuart’s wife Angie died of this vague cancer in July 2015. Their work will bring about earlier diagnosis, better treatment and improved survival rates.

All the cyclists were immensely grateful for the support and goodwill they received throughout the challenge. There is no doubt, too, that completion of the end-to-end on a bicycle is a life-changing event and carries very extensive future “bragging rights”. Anyone interested in trying it out next year?

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If you wish to support Jeff and Stuart’s charities this can be done in one of two ways,

 

1. Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire Mark Benevolent Association

Send a cheque to W.Bro. Brian Bell made out to the ‘N&H Mark Benevolent Association’. If you wish to include gift aid let Brian know and he will arrange it. Brian’s address can be found in the ‘Provincial Blue-book’.

 

2. The Eve Appeal

Donate of the ‘virgingiving’ web page set up for the purpose. The web link to the charity page is, http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/STUARTMORGAN2.

A facility to include gift aid is available on the site.

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The response so far has been overwhelming and we truly appreciate everyones generous support.

With our sincere thanks,

Jeff Chambers and Stuart Morgan

 

In turn, we would like to congratulate Jeff and Stuart on successfully completing their adventure and hope they soon make a full recovery!

 

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