Quartet prepare for epic cycle ride

FOUR intrepid cyclists are preparing to take part in a daunting cycle journey to help a worthy cause.

Matthew Flynn, Lee Bark, Adam Bennett and Adam Flynn will be cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats next week to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

But the quartet have set themselves a challenging timescale in which to complete the 603-mile journey.

Mr Flynn and Mr Bark will set off from Land’s End next Saturday and aim to arrive at the tip of Scotland just five days later.

This means that the pair, who are both members of the Stowmarket Cycling Club, will be aiming to travel an impressive 180 miles per day.


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Their journey will take them from Land’s End to Bristol, from there to Warrington, then on to Lockerbie in Scotland, up to Inverness and finally to John O’Groats, arriving there on Wednesday.

Mr Flynn’s brother Adam and his friend Adam Bennett, also members of the cycling club, will then attempt the same journey in eight days at the end of August.

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Mr Flynn, 38, from Stowmarket, said: “We’re all keen cyclists so we’ll be do something that we love – hopefully that will help lessen the pain!

“We’ve been training for the past few months and cycling 300 or 400 miles per week – we all feel ready for it.

“We’re aiming to cycle for ten hours a day doing 18 miles each hour. My wife is driving up and she’ll provide us with food and water refills.

“I’m confident that Lee and I can do it in four days. Hopefully the weather will stay fine and a tail wind would be nice as well.”

Mr Flynn decided to organise the challenge after a member of his family was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

He added: “Pancreatic cancer is a very serious issue which often only makes it’s presence felt when very little can be done.

“It has now affected a member of my family and in doing so has had an effect on us all. So we wanted to do something to help.

“Between us we will have cycled almost 4,000 miles by the end of it and we just want to raise as much money for the charity as we possibly can.”

Anyone would like to donate to Mr Flynn’s appeal can do so by visiting http://myprojects.cancerresearchuk.org/group-giving/matt--two-adams-do-lejog.

Mr Flynn will also be ‘tweeting’ about his journey on the social networking website Twitter.

To see his posts visit Mattflynn73.

ken.mcerlain@eadt.co.uk

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