A team of Hardley Runners cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats.  Lejog! Here's their story. 

They are raising funds for Oakhaven Hospice.  If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, go to the team's Oakhaven giving page. Well over £2,500 has been raised already.

Get Together - Sunday 26 July at 4pm

Hello All,

After finishing the cycle challenge, the 'End to Enders' would like to invite you to St. Francis Church Hall, Langley, for a 'Get together' to talk (incessantly) and to show off the photos, bikes, etc.
If you would like to come, please bring a plate of food for us to share. Tea and coffee will be provided, you are welcome to bring other drinks, including alcohol.
Please let us know if you can come.
Address of the Church hall: St Francis Road, West Common, Langley, SO45 1XX

The Lejog team

Tuesday 30 June 2015

A message from Club Chairman, Adrian Mudle

Dear Members

You may already be aware that four of our members undertook the challenge to cycle from Lands End to John O'Groats, well as of this morning they were only about 50 miles from the finish, and according to their original plan and my calculations they have taken the scenic route, to complete the 1000 miles in 2 weeks, they have all being doing this to support our local hospice Oakhaven, and anyone who would like to support them in completing the challenge, donations can still be made here.  Scroll down for the Lejog Blog.

I'm sure all of our members would like to congratulate them on completing this mammoth ride, well done to all the riders, and support crew.

Adrian

Lejog Blog - newest entries at the top

Day 15 Monday 30 June

71 miles  Started the last day in drizzle, but what a difference a day makes! The sun came through and the cyclists tackled the undulating terrain and enjoyed the amazing scenery on a beautiful day. The Orkney Islands looked so close.
Photos:
Start of the day
Stopping at Dunnetts Head. (Most northerly point of Britain)
The finish at John O'Groats

Day 15 Monday 30 June Subject: Re: Lejog

From: Susan Renyard
Date 30th June 2015
Subject: Lejog

What a difference a day makes! The Team started their last day from Tongue in a light drizzle. 71 miles later at John O'Groats the sun was shining on a beautiful day. The rolling coastal scenery was stunning, amazing to see The Orkney Islands so close. It will be strange to get back to normal. Tomorrow begins the long journey home, with a break in Berwick On Tweed.

Team cycled 1,060 miles in total, taking 15 days. They have raised at least £2,500 for Oakhaven, with more coming in. This include £79 given by complete strangers on our travels! Cornwall and Devon has the biggest hills, surprisingly, although there were plenty of others trying to compete with them. There were 3 or 4 showery days, but rain was not a problem overall. Weather generally very good, with more than our fair share of sunshine. People very friendly and interested in what we were doing.

ALSO:

The Team have just set off on their last day, I think we will all be sad when they have finished, we are in such a good routine now. The cyclists are definitely much stronger now, they have coped so well. Some of the days have been very long, 8 to 10 hours on the road, and they realised that they needed to 'pace' themselves. (Scenery has been amazing)
John O'Groats here we come!

Day 14 Monday 29 June

Phot of the very welcome Inn! Literally in the middle of nowhere. The moor was 30 miles across with the Inn in the middle. Very open terrain, rain and wind. Here are the team in the Scottish Highlands on their penultimate day. John O'Groats tomorrow!

Sue Renyard


Day 14 Monday 29 June 2015

Hello All,

Well, this is the second to last day, and the first photo shows the Team ready to leave Alness this morning for the 66 mile trip to Tongue, on the north coast. After one heavy downpour they enjoyed thirty miles of beautiful open countryside with tremendous views of the mountains. Only sign of habitation was the very welcome pub about halfway.
Second photo shows the view of Ben Loyal from the hotel in Tongue.
One day to go!

Sue, Malc and the Team

Day 13 Sunday 28 June 2015

Sorry, no photo today, there will be two tomorrow! 85 miles today from Fort William to Alness, in the Highlands. Longest day. Very dramatic scenery, lots of mountains over 3,000ft. Snow on top. Still not dark at 10.45pm! Been gongoozling today.....
Must get to bed for another early start,

Sue and the Team

Day 12 Saturday 27th June

Subject: Lands End to John O'Groats cycle ride.

Here are the Lejog Team at Inverary, ready to set off for Fort William, having left Glasgow yesterday, 26th June. They will reach John O'Groats on Tuesday 29th.
They are in good spirits, though the hills have been very challenging. They have only had one wet day, so weather has been amazingly good.
Sponsorship going well, well over £2,000 now.

Sue Renyard

Day 11 Friday 26th June 2015

Here are the Team about to leave Motherwell this morning. They traversed Glasgow on cycle paths along the Clyde and then followed mainly cycle paths alongside Loch Lomond up to Inverary. 76 miles. Second photo shows the lovely location of the hotel alongside the loch at Inverary. Lots of rain today, not bathed in sunshine like the south! Next few days are going to be sunny. 4 days to go......

Sue, Malc and the team.


Day 10 Thursday 25 June 2015
Subject: Lejog in Scotland

Here they are, on Thursday 25th June, about to leave a lovely hotel at Ecclefechan. Lots of jokes about the name! Other photo shows mine host, Nigel. Next stop, 85 miles away, is Motherwell, part of Glasgow. All is going well, the Team are fine, and actually enjoying themselves. Tomorrow, 26th, they head along Loch Lomond, for Inveraray. (The cyclepaths alongside Loch Lomond are awful, very bumpy and gravelly. Through Glasgow they were excellent)

Day 9 Weds 24 June

Hi,

Photo shows Team leaving Kirkby Stephen for Ecclefechan. After retrieving their bikes from a beer cellar where they were stored overnight. Just a bit tricky getting them out! The 72 mile trip was more like home, they said, not so many hills! Now in Scotland, 6 days to go. Only one showery day so far, though rain is forecast.
All going well, will be strange when they finally finish.

Sue, Malc and Team

Day 8 Tuesday 23 June 2015

Hi All,

Photo shows team leaving Clitheroe to cycle 55 to Kirkby Stephen. Beautiful day, hilly but wonderful views of North York Moors. Everybody would like to return there. All doing well, in good spirits. Having some wonderful breakfasts, porridge, full English, toast, etc.

Sue and Malc

Day 7 Monday 22 June

Dear all,

Day 7:
Met up with Malc's son Nathan and his family last night for a Father' day meal. Surprise for Malc. All going well, we have had the first rain, here at Acton Bridge. Well, the Team will be bypassing Manchester today! Photo shows them setting off today, Monday 22nd June. Distance to be covered today is 65 miles, heading for Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Sue. X

Days 5 and 6

Day 5 Monmouth to Wentnor Dry day through Wales into 'black and white village' countryside in Shropshire, very pretty. 66 miles

Day 6 Wentnor to Acton Bridge. Met with Nathan and family. No photo of Wentnor. 69.5 miles

Some photos of Day 4 and Day 5

Some photos of day 4, Bridgwater, and the start of day 5 in Monmouth. Heavy mileage and steep hills taking its toll, but they are all ok. First 2 photos of the old Vicarage in Bridgwater. Dining room and the front. Dates from 1364. Would recommend for a stay,except that it's in Bridgwater. Rather tired town.

3rd day update 18 June

Hello All,

The hills are really tough! Devon and Cornwall are lovely counties with stunning scenery and views, but, the hills...... They go on for ever....... Weather has been so good, tomorrow we will be in Wales, so will we get rain? We are now in Bridgwater, staying in a hotel which was an old vicarage, and I mean old. Parts of it date from 1364. Food is excellent here, looking forward to breakfast already. Dad and the other cyclists are eating loads, using about 3500 calories per day. (5,000 some days)
Cycling going well, Roy had a knee problem, but with ice and ibuprofen gel he seems to be overcoming it. Dad seems to be fine, not complaining, anyway. He is surprised that their progress is slower than anticipated ( cycling for 8 hours a day) but as I said, the hills are tough.

Day 2 Thurs 18 June

These 2 photos show action on the 1st day coming up from Portreath Beach in Cornwall, and Bodmin Moor on the second day on the way to Whiddon Down.

Day 1 Weds 17 June

Hello All,

Just a couple of photos to show the start of day one. The weather was wonderful, sunshine all day. Long day of 71 miles for the team, but they made it! Just getting ready for breakfast on day two.

Sue

May 2015 - Lands End to John O'Groats charity cycle ride

Four Hardley Runners have taken to their bikes and are in training to cycle from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise money for Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington. This wonderful place with a dedicated and sympathetic staff have looked after several of their friends and family.

The idea was conceived last summer during one of the groups regular Wednesday cycle rides. They have been in training for some months and will be cycling over 1,000 miles through some of Britain's lovely countryside, starting on 16th June 2015.
The photo shows, from left to right, the team and their support crew.

Sue Renyard ( support crew)
Malcolm Renyard (team leader)
Roy Van Hal (mechanic)
Chris Harris (medic)
Mike Delauney (photographer)
Marlene Delauney (support crew)

If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, go to the team's Oakhaven giving page. Well over £1,000 has been raised already.

 

 

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