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Bikers take the long way round for charity

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: July 29, 2009

Charity ride: Bikers, left to right Graham, Zoe, Allister, Bradley and Rick gather at John O'Groats for their charity ride to Land's End. (Picture supplied)

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FIVE local bikers have returned from a journey which took them 2,225 miles through some of the UK's best scenery to raise money for the Salvation Army in Boston and MacMillan Cancer Care.

The challenge was to ride from John O'Groats to Land's End, but starting and finishing in Lincolnshire meaning they would be travelling the length of the UK twice.

The group took nine days for the trip, to give plenty of time to take in some of the best scenery and some of the best roads Scotland and England have to offer.

Zoe, the only female rider in the group, rode a Harley-Davidson Sportster Nightster on loan from Lincoln Harley-Davidson.

Joining her on the trip was her husband Allister on a Suzuki SV650S, Graham and Rick on identical 1986 BMW R80RTs and Bradley on his Yamaha XJ600N.

Each day the ride was documented on an Internet blog so family and friends back home and all over the country could follow the rider's progress.

Zoe said: "It was great to be able to share what we were doing through the blog.

"We got well over 150 hits on some of the days and it was great to receive messages of support which really helped us keep going.

"At the moment the amount raised is in excess of £1,640 which is incredible.

"When we started out on this adventure we never imagined we would be able to raise this much money – and it's still coming in."

Money raised will being split between the two charities.

"It will really make a difference."

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