Wednesday, 25 July 2012

2000 miles on a bike for charity!


We were joined this evening by James and Stuart, two guys from St Albans planning to cycle 2000 miles around the UK in aid of Help for Heroes and the Banana Tree Project. Their journey will take them from St Albans to Land's End, then up to John O'Groats before cyling back to St Albans, averaging around 100 miles per day over 22 days, and they have invited anyone who is interested to support them on the final day, cycling 45 miles from Cambridge to St Albans (or joining part of the way through the route).

They are aiming to raise £10,000 for their two charities: Help for Heroes, which supports those who have been wounded in Britain's current conflicts, and The Banana Tree Project, a local charity helping orphans in Tanzania. James had the idea of supporting these charities a couple of years ago, and mentioned it to Stuart who was mad enough to join him! Since the start of this year, the lads have been planning their route and preparing for the challenge - Stuart has cycled 350 miles in the past week alone, and both have been cycling as much as possible. The route is as long as the Tour de France, and James and Stuart will be tackling it by themselves, taking everything they need with them.

The final day, 19th September, will be open to everyone who wants to join, cycling from Cambridge through Royston, Letchworth Garden City, Kimpton, Wheathamstead and Marshalswick: you can join for the whole route, or meet at one of the stops, finishing at Verulamium park - see their blog at 2000milesonabike.wordpress.com for full details.

Although the pair are funding half of their £4000 costs themselves, they are looking for corporate sponsorship to help with accommodation or equipment - if you may be able to help, please contact James and Stuart or Radio Verulam.

You can keep up with James and Stuart's adventures on their blog, 2000milesonabike.wordpress.com, their Facebook page, facebook.com/2000milesonabike, or their Twitter, @2000milesonabike, and you can donate at charitygiving.co.uk/2000milesonabike.

(Photo by Salim Virji on Flickr)

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