Bike ride ordeal triumph

PUBLISHED: 10:31 04 June 2012

Team Le Jog 2012 - Richard and Mat Stanbury, James Sturley and Nigel Payne - make it to John O'Groats.

Team Le Jog 2012 - Richard and Mat Stanbury, James Sturley and Nigel Payne - make it to John O'Groats.

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Seven punctures, two tyres and two crashes later a team of cyclists from Honiton complete their cycling challenge from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

A band of keen cyclists – three from Honiton- battled through heavy winds and hail storms to complete a bike ride from Lands End to John O’Groats.

Father and son Richard and Mat Stanbury and James Sturley, from Honiton, alongside Nigel Payne, from Barnstaple, joined forces to take on the mammoth bike ride as team Le Jog 2012.

Despite seven punctures, two tyres and two crashes later plus a lot pain the team made it to John O’Groats last week.

So far, they have raised more than £3,000 for The FireFighter’s Charity and Cancer Research UK.

James Sturley, 29, said: “It was harder than we thought it was going to be.

“We only had three nice days the whole ride - most of our journey was through rain, strong headwinds and even hailstorms.

“A few days in we were all ready to give up one day we rode for 11 hours in the rain. I think the banter we had in the evenings kept us going.

“We completed the trip, 970 miles in 10 days; the shortest day was 80 miles, the longest 120.”

However, it was not all plain sailing as the team had to make a quick detour after one of the bikes broke and had to make a detour to Bristol to collect a new one.

The group has thanked everyone for their support especially their support driver John Sturley and sponsors Goodness Shakes.

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/Sir-Matto-Stanbury or www.justgiving.com/landsendjohnogroats2012


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