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Long ride for hospice
4:16pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A BUSINESSMAN is saddling up for the ultimate road challenge by cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats for charity.
Bury man Martin Rayner, who is a director of Radcliffe-based Wilds Chartered Accountants, will embark on the gruelling 975-mile journey today and raise money for Bury Hospice.
Accompanying him throughout the 13-day marathon will be his lifelong friend, Andy Forster, who lives near Oxford.
Both men have completed previous bike rides in the past, but nothing on this scale.
They have been training hard for their adventure and hope to clock up an average of between 75 and 80 miles a day.
Martin, aged 43, said: “All our accom-modation has been booked and trains to and from the start and finish are arranged. On day six of the journey, we will be coming into Bury via Wilds.”
The father-of-two said the main motivation behind the Land’s End to John O’Groats trip was not so much the charity element, but to determine if both could conquer such a difficult challenge.
“We’ve done bits of cycling in the past, but short three-day trips to the likes of Holland and Belgium.
“We just decided to have a bash at going from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
“We will not be on road bikes, more trail or hybrid bikes.”
Previously, Martin has run a number of marathons, most notably the Great Wall of China Marathon, which he says was “just for the challenge.”
At the same time, he’s raised money for various good causes.
To pledge money for Bury Hospice: go to the pair’s charity page at http://uk.virginmoney giving.com/team/lejogcyclem.
For progress reports on their journey: visit https://twitter.com/ MartinRayner
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