Three Men Ready For Cycle Challenge
3 July 03
Lands End To John O'Groats
Risbridger, Orkney (originally from Wick) and Gavin Mowat, John O‘Groats,
are to cycle the 1000 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats in support of
Macmillan Cancer Relief with their friend and fellow cycling enthusiast
Peter Stewart, from Perth. The boys say that they aim to complete the
ride, which starts on July 12th, from Lands End, in a maximum of 14 days.
The three intrepid cyclists will be assisted by David Stirling and Paul
Begg who will man the support vehicle.
Derek Hart, Area Fundraising Manager for the North
of Scotland said, “We are thrilled that the Peter, Colin and Gavin are
making this mammoth cycle ride to help us and we believe that it is the
first time that anyone from John O’Groats has actually made the trip.
Their enthusiasm and skill will mean that local people living with cancer
will be able to receive much needed support. We are really grateful to
them all. If you would like offer sponsorship, please contact local
Macmillan Office on 01224 658800”
Gavin Mowat, middle, Colin
Risbridger (left) and Andrew Mowat
(right). Andrew Mowat is the manager of the Seaview
Hotel and is main sponsor for the trip
Macmillan Cancer Relief is helping people who are
living with cancer.
In the UK four in ten people will be diagnosed with cancer during their
lifetime and over a million people are currently living with cancer.
Macmillan is a UK charity providing the expert care and practical and
emotional support which is changing the lives of people living with cancer
today. "We raise funds for specialist Macmillan nurses and doctors
who deliver the best in cancer care; build vitally needed cancer care
centres, give financial help to those who need it most, and provide a
range of cancer information both locally and nationally".
For cancer information and support, contact the Macmillan CancerLine
(Monday-Friday, 9.00am – 6.00pm) by freephone: 0808 808 2020, textphone:
0808 808 0121 or email:
email@example.com ; or log onto
For more information on fundraising for Macmillan phone Derek Hart on
Keep Up With The Cyclists
Home At Last
We arrived in John O Groats at about 6:30pm last night (Monday), after
stopping of at Wick to see Colin's parents. We were met in JOG by a party
of about 30 or 40 family and friends. We completed the trip in our target
of 10 days. All three of us were very tired and will be taking a break
from our bikes for a while!
Day 10 Monday 21 July 2003
The lads will be cycling from Golspie to John O
' Groats today. They will be arriving about 6.00 to 6.30pm, must be the
thought of a few beers in Seaview that has made them cover so much
distance in such a short time.
Day 9 Aviemore to Golspie (109 miles)
Pete and James both got punctures
When Gav stopped to watch them repair the punctures he forgot to take his
feet out of the straps on the pedals and consequently fell over, this gave
them all something to laugh about.
The owners of the hotel they are staying in told them that there is
nothing in John O' Groats but a sign post and a couple of hotels and it
wasnt worth going there. Their faces fell when Gav told them he was from
John O' Groats.
Day 8 Forth Road Bridge to Dalwhinnie (97 miles)
New cyclist James has joined the group, he has raised £700 in
Stayed in a hotel in Dalwhinnie
Day 7 Carlisle to Forth Road Bridge (112 miles)
Returned to Scotland at 8.00am, WAHEYYYYYY,
Rained all day again, getting used to cycling in the wet now.
Day 6 Garstang to Carlisle (82miles)
Really heavy rain in the afternoon, they really needed a boat instead
First night staying in a Hotel.
Day 5 Shrewsbury to Garstang north of Preston (112
Hit Warrington at Rush Hour, did'nt hang about as they feared for
their lives, there were some horrendous drivers on the go.
Day 4 Woodford to Shrewsbury (84miles)
Pete got a bumble bee in his bonnet, but did'nt get stung.
Spoke to bloke in burger van, Pete stuggled for the next couple of hours
afterwards until he got to a toilet.
Day 3:- Tiverton to Woodford (95
Scorching heat up to 35 degrees in the valleys.
2 more punctures for Pete.
Getting up between 5 and 6 o'clock in the morning and cycling to about
1.00pm resting to get out of the sun then starting again about 5.30pm and
cycling till about 9.00p
Day 2:- Liskeard to Tiverton (67
Pete had two punctures
Very hilly over Dartmoor, at least eight climbs equivalent to Berridale.
Stray horses and ponies nibbling at bikes round about Dartmoor.
Day 1:- Lands End to Liskeard (82