On their bikes to raise over £2k

On their bikes to raise over £2k Rick Chamberlain, right, and Dan Beaney.

Rick Chamberlain, pictured, and Dan Beaney, who lives in Darlington, did 1,110 miles over 10 days – more than the usual route because they extended their journey to go to their home towns along the way. The two truck drivers have raised more than GBP2,000 for My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, a charity established by Doddie Weir who is one of rugby union’s most recognisable personalities, that raises funds for research and awards a number of grants to Motor Neurone Disease sufferers. Rick said: “There were a lot of hills on the first day and days five and six also included a fair few tough uphill sections when we headed east from Tebay in Cumbria, but it was worth it to to see family and friends in our home towns.

“We’ve had great support from friends and colleagues in some of the other places we stopped at, which helped to keep us going, and people have been very generous with their donations.

“When we got to John O’Groats, I did feel a slight sense of relief that our bodies held up and we managed to make from one end of the country to the other, and that was with extra distance.

“It did involve a lot of effort, but overall I definitely enjoyed doing the challenge and it was nice to see some lovely bits of the country from a different angle.”