Dedicated cyclists decided to bike over 200 miles from Nottingham to Skegness and back again at the weekend to raise money for charity and to commemorate soldier Lee Rigby.
Energetic friends from both Cotgrave and Bingham in Nottinghamshire thought it would be a challenging way to raise for Help For Heroes, a charity dear to their hearts as two have links to the forces.
Jamie Brown, 17, Lee Clark 18, both of Cotgrave and Shane Montgomery, 17, of Bingham decided only three weeks ago they would take on the challenge.
Jamie’s mum Gail Higginbottom, who has been a holidaymaker for many years, said she was really proud of her son Jamie for taking on the challenge and was there to meet the group when they arrived 13 hours later at the Lumley Pub in Skegness on Saturday.
“They set off at 12.30am but got a bit lost. It should have taken them less but at least they made it and they will be going back on the bikes tomorrow,” said Gail on Saturday.
The friends who have never undertaken such a huge task before, decided to set off in the early hours, riding only ordinary mountain bikes which incurred a puncture on the way, but were relieved to make it.
“It feels fantastic that we’ve made it. It’s a big cause, I am ex-territorial army so it means a lot and I’ve never done anything like this before,” said Lee Clark.
And Jamie Brown, who is training to be in the RAF, said it was a ‘once in a lifetime experience and added: “It’s something you can look back on and I feel fantastic. It’s unimaginable and we’ve achieved so much. It’s for a great cause and I’m glad we can do this all together.”
Fellow rider, Shane Montgomery said on his arrival in Skegness: “I’ve never done something like this before and I feel really proud that we’ve managed to do it.
“I want to thank everyone who has helped us raise money and for all the money still coming in.”
The lads were hoping to raise around £1,000 and have counted an initial £900 so far, with more money coming in.
Support was also given to the friends and family on the day at The Lumley pub, The Marine Boathouse and by Sharron and Tony Walsh plus son TJ (Tony Junior) all of Skegness, who went around town and helped with the bucket collection.