Saturday, 16 July 2016

More LEJOG Riders...

One of the great things about travelling around to all the various campsites that we do is that we get to meet lots of interesting people...
I don't mention them all on this blog.....indeed the last time I think I mentioned a cyclist who I had just met was way back at the end of August/ beginning of September last year when we were down in Devon at the Tavistock C&CC site....

Anyway.. the other evening a couple of touring cyclists arrived at our current site in Herefordshire and after they had set up their tent and sorted themselves out I went across for a natter.... 
I had the feeling that they were doing the Lands End to John O'Groats (LEJOG) route and
I was proved right as they had set off from Lands End four days earlier....

Back in 2008 when I did LEJOG we had stayed not far down the road at Hereford and these guy's were doing almost the same route that I and the rest of the Rev Pro Team had taken.

They told me that they were father and son and their names were Duncan and Chris Marfell..
Duncan is an engineer and they live in Andover in Hampshire.
From what they said the weather had not been too kind for them up to their arrival here and although the following day's forecast didn't appear too bad it looked like they were going to hit some more bad weather as they headed north....

This all sounded a very familiar tale as my LEJOG experience was one of wet and windy weather and chatting to Duncan and Chris brought back all my memories of that ride....

Their bike's were quite heavily loaded as they appeared to be carrying a lot more kit than I like to when on the touring bike and as Chris is just sixteen years of age I had to admire his determination to complete the ride.....

As with most people who do this ride they were raising money for charity...in this case for Sport Relief....
I was impressed by this likeable pair and offered a small amount of support for their efforts as well as a couple of bottles of Italian beer (which they obviously deserved) which seemed to go down well with their evening meal.....

I have included a picture of Duncan and Chris below as well as their charity page address....
If any of you out there can give a small token of support for this pair I know that it would be welcomed...

It's great to see youngsters taking up riding bikes and doing LEJOG at sixteen years of age has to be worthy of a token of support in my book especially as it is all for a good cause...

Just lift their address and use it to go to their charity page.... Thanks..


my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/chrisandduncan


Duncan (on the right) and Chris Marfell

6 comments:

John Romeo Alpha said...

I've read this post and added LEJOG to my bucket list. Thank you (I think).

Trevor Woodford said...

*John Romeo Alpha*
It is certainly a ride worth doing JRA... For British riders it is almost a Rite of Passage.....

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

Really nice activity and a great way to see the country.
Have a Happy Weej ahead, Trevor!
Peace ��

Trevor Woodford said...

*Chandra@GreenComotion*
It certainly is a nice activity and as you say a great way to see the country... Enjoy your week Chandra.

Duncan M said...

Hi Trevor. It's Duncan here. Just to let you know that Chris and I completed LEJOG last Saturday, 14 days after we started almost to the minute, on schedule and despite the weather thrown at us.
Despite the weather it was a great trip and one that Chris and I will look back on with fondness for years. The hills near Helmsedale were still a challenge but we can say that we didn't get off for a single hill between LE and JO'G. The views in Scotland more than made up for the hills.
Thank you for your support when we met you (and for the beers) and for putting a link to our Sport Relief page here. We are still collecting the donations but estimate that we will have raised £1500 by the time all money is in.

Trevor Woodford said...

*Duncan M*
Great news Duncan...so pleased that you both completed LEJOG without mishap and on schedule.
As you say it will give you great cycling memories for years....
Well done to you both...