Dup hail success of charity cycle trek from Beccles to Edinburgh with no money
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A pair of adventurous travelling friends have celebrated raising more than £1,000 for charity after tackling an epic cycling challenge from Beccles to Edinburgh without a single penny.
Robbie Stevens, 25, from Ipswich, and 26-year-old Will Treager, from Beccles, took 10 days to complete the 450-mile trek, but having posted their wallets to friends in the Scottish city to make the task even tougher, the duo were amazed to reach the city so quickly.
“It was really good,” Mr Stevens said. “The Yorkshire Dales were really tough and there were moments where it felt like this road is going on forever, but for the most part it went really well.”
Without any money, the pair slept in a tent which they carried on their bikes and relied on the generosity of members of the public and businesses including butchers and bakeries for food.
Mr Stevens added: “The people who helped really stand out. Sometimes Greggs would give us coffees and pastries, and in Lanchester our friend said we should find Neville the butcher who gave us lots of food.
“I was surprised by the human touch of some of the firms, and we met some really good people.”
The journey was so successful, the pair even wrote a collection of seven songs inspired by their journey, including a tribute to Neville the butcher, which they recorded when they arrived in Edinburgh.
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Mr Stevens said: “We get on really well and we sang a lot so we came up with seven songs and got the creative juices flowing.”
So far, Mr Treager has raised £414 for women’s rights and education in Turkey, while Mr Stevens’ current total for Iceni in Ipswich is £664.73 – with more sponsorship still expected.
Mr Stevens concluded: “I will definitely do more fundraising. When it’s for charity it changes the energy because it’s not just a self-interest thing.”