Marathon cycle ride nets £4,500 for charities

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A TEAM of four who rode from John O’Groats to Lands End in six days have raised £4,500 for charity.

Kev Watts, Wayne Reeder and Stephen Toogood, all of Minehead, and Shane Johnston from Exeter, raised the funds to be shared equally between Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and Children’s Hospice South West.

They completed the ride in six days as planned and spent some some 60 hours in the saddle intotal, averaging 150 miles a day.

Their shortest stage was the final 90 miles to Lands End, while the longest was 188 miles.

“We experienced some difficult weather conditions on the first couple of days in Scotland, with lots of wind and rain, but luckily conditions improved as we travelled further south,” said Kev.

“By the time we arrived in Land’s End there was glorious sunshine, and it was wonderful to be greeted by ou r families and friends.”

He said three of the team had niggling injuries throughout the ride and there were a few punctures along the way but no major incidents.

“We were exhausted and were all relieved to finish,” said Kev.

“It took a little while for it to sink in that we’d actually completed the challenge, but we are incredibly proud of our achievement.”

He said both charities are close to the team’s hearts.

“We couldn’t have done it without our support team [Kev’s parents Tony and Doreen Watts] who were on call when needed and provided food and refreshments at scheduled stops.”

The team, who all enjoy endurance riding, have no immediate plans for any more major challenges – just yet.

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