Following an online discussion about long journeys on mopeds, a thread was started on Volszone.com (VW) forums asking if anyone would be interested in a charity run from John O’Groats to Lands End – on 50cc motorbikes. As foolhardy an idea as it might appear, soon enough people started putting their names down and it has snowballed from there. As a result my fiancée Claire Naylor (Eden Road) and I are attempting to ride from John O Groat’s to Lands End on classic 50cc mopeds to raise funds for www.brads.org.uk (teenage cancer charity). The funds will go towards
1 Providing equipment for the care and lifestyle specifically for teenagers with cancer.
2 Supporting the development of a Teenage Cancer Unit, through the Teenage Cancer Trust.
3 To provide help and support to teenagers with cancer and their families to relieve the stress and hardship during a difficult time.
We are part of a group of 50 riders, all on 50cc mopeds which will be setting of from John O’Groats on Saturday 7th April and will hopefully be at Lands End on Friday 13th April.
As we are riding mopeds our top speed will be 30 mph, so we are using smaller roads and plan to ride around 150 – 170 miles a day passing through some very scenic but also very hilly countryside. Including stops we estimate 8 hours riding per day. There will be a total of 55 riders all on 50 cc mopeds ranging from classic to modern.
My bike is a Honda c50 (1973) with Claire riding a MZ Simson s51 (1993)
A sponsor form is in the shop or you can drop any donations at 15 Eden Road. I trust you can support this worthwhile cause and look forward to putting an update in the HHT as to how we coped and the adventure incurred
The itinerary is as follows:
*DAY 1 - SATURDAY 7th APRIL* Start from John O'Groats Campsite (http://www.johnogroatscampsite.co.uk/) at 8.00am ride 133.7 miles and arrive at Borlum Campsite (http://www.borlum.co.uk/) *DAY 2 - SUNDAY 8th APRIL* Start from Borlum Campsite at 8.00am ride 153.5 miles and arrive at Somerville Weir Hall/John.stone's approximately 3.30pm *DAY 3 - MONDAY 9th APRIL* Start from Somerville Weir Hall/John.stone's at 8.00am ride 169.8 miles and arrive at Bays Brown Farm, Ambleside (http://www.baysbrownfarm.com/) at approximately 4.55pm *DAY 4 - TUESDAY 10th APRIL* Start from Bays Brown Farm at 8.00am ride 135.1 miles and arrive at Worksop Rugby Club (http://www.worksoprufc.com/) *DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY 11th APRIL* Start from Worksop Rugby Club at 8.00am ride 138.8 miles and arrive at Tunnel House Campsite (http://www.tunnelhouse.com/) at approximately 5.21pm - this allows for a 2 hours stop at Queens Medical Centre Nottingham. (Brads Cancer Ward). *DAY 6 - THURSDAY 12th APRIL* Start from Tunnel House Campsite at 8.00am ride 141.2 miles and arrive at the Fox & Hounds Campsite (http://www.foxandhoundshotel.com/) at approximately 2.45pm *DAY 7 - FRIDAY 13th APRIL* Start from Fox & Hounds Campsite at 8.00am ride 95.9 miles and arrive at LAND'S END (yaaay!) at approximately 1.00pm - includes 30 minute stop at petrol station 2 miles from LE for everyone to get together so we can arrive at LE together. We will then be having a finishing party / Classic VW show - The whole run was all organised by and on Volks Zone International which is an online forum for VW enthusiasts.
Robin Watson (15 Eden Road – 01634 252567)