Relief it’s over smile charity cyclists

Martin and Don enjoy a well earned glass of bubbly at Gallan Head, uig, after their epic cycle ride.
Martin and Don enjoy a well earned glass of bubbly at Gallan Head, uig, after their epic cycle ride.
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ENERGETIC fund raisers Don Catterall and Martin Jones pedalled into Gallan Head this week and claimed they would happily take on their epic charity cycle all over again.

The pals had been on their bikes since Saturday, August 27, when they set off on ‘The Northwest Passage’ challenge - from Dungeness in Kent, heading in a straight line to Gallan Head in Uig in aid of The Linda Norgrove Foundation.

The journey from the most south-easterly point to the most north-westerly-tip of the UK has so far raised more than £2,000 but the boys are hoping to improve that tally further with donations welcome until November.

It took the pair just 20-days to complete the leg-weary 800-mile cycle up the length of the country with pit-stops at the homes of family, friends and hostels along the way but Catterall joked he will be glad to see the back of his bike buddy.

“Relief I think is the first emotion,” heaved a breathless Catterall.

“I’ll just be glad not to have to share a room with him (Jones) after three weeks.

“It’s funny but the most disappointing moment of the trip was also my favourite as it came when I had a chest infection and had to catch the train for two-days. No seriously I was gutted that I had to miss out the section between Carlisle and Kilmarnock.

“It is surprising all the things you see when you cycle as opposed to when you drive in a car. We’ve made a lot of friends along the way and it’s just general fatigue we’re feeling as we are not really saddle sore. I’ll be glad to sleep in my own bed again.

“I’d do it all over again but just not with Martin again.”

An equally relieved Jones revealed his delight at their island welcome from all, apart from our flying friends.

Jones added: “Today (final leg of the journey to Uig) was fabulous as we had rain all the way through Scotland from Penrith until this morning when we got up to see it was a beautiful day in the Hebrides – although it wasn’t nice to be welcomed home by the midges.

“We’ve raised about £1,500 through the website, another £500 just as we’ve gone so it’s over the £2,000 mark but we’re hoping for more in the coming weeks. There is still plenty time to donate as it will remain open until November.”

For further details on Don and Martin’s cycle log onto www.donandmartincycle.blogspot.com or to make a donation please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=northwestpassage&isTeam=true