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Dorchester Couple to Cycle the Length of the UK on a Tandem!

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Lands end to Jo'G mapWe’ve heard of lots of unusual money-raising stunts over the years, but this has to be one of the barmiest!

Next week Andrew Grassby and Sonya Gulliford of Dorchester will begin an epic journey from John o’ Groats to Lands End on a tandem bicycle, to raise money for Coming Home, a charity for injured service men and women.

The route will take two weeks and cover a gruelling 983 miles, but the pair had no hesitation about taking up this challenge after hearing about the Coming Home cause. The charity helps to provide injured and disabled servicemen with adapted housing in order that they can reintegrate into civilian life and best cope with the life changing impact of their injuries.

Andrew and Sonya first learnt of the charity on a climbing trip to Mount Sinai. They met one of the Coming Home team on the mountain, and were so taken by the cause that they decided to help in any way they could to raise funds.

Sonya said “It is so important that these people are not forgotten. You hear about the deaths on the news, but the public tend not to know about the injured. For them the battle isn’t over when they come home – it is only just beginning”

The route of the cycle challenge will be as follows:

Day 1 Land’s End to Fowey 64 miles
Day 2 Fowey to Moretonhampstead 55 miles
Day 3 Moretonhampstead to Glastonbury 72 miles
Day 4 Glastonbury to Monmouth 68 miles
Day 5 Monmouth to Clun 53 miles
Day 6 Clun to Runcorn 80 miles
Day 7 Runcorn to Slaidburn 63 miles
Day 8 Slaidburn to Keswick 71 miles
Day 9 Keswick to Moffat 72 miles
Day 10 Moffat to Loch Lomond 85 miles
Day 11 Loch Lomond to Glencoe 68 miles
Day 12 Glencoe to Inverness 83 miles
Day 13 Inverness to the Crask Inn 66 miles
Day 14 Crask Inn to John o’ Groats 83 miles

To donate to Andrew and Sonya, visit justgiving.com/sandatandem or look out for collecting tins in local Dorchester shops.

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