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Charity motorbike cycle due to end at John o' Groats on Friday morning

By Gordon Calder

A CHARITY bike run from Land's End to John o' Groats is due to finish at the well-known Caithness landmark in the early hours of Friday morning (June 16).

Damian Ransome from Derby set off from Land's End at around 3am on Thursday with the aim of completing the marathon motorbike trip in 24 hours to raise money for Macmillian Cancer Support.

He had to take in various checkpoints on the route with the last one being Wick before heading to John o' Groats.

His brother-in-law, Mike Bowden, who is from Thurso, was to meet him at the finishing line. Mike's sister, Pam, a cancer survivor, is married to Damian.

Mike explained that the trip called the Saddle Sore 1000 Challenge has raised over £2800 in donations so far. "He has received some sponsorship from a couple of companies in Derby including BMW who has donated two new tyres for his bike and has also given his BMW bike a safety check ahead of the journey."

Damian gave Mike a live feed so he could keep track of his progress on the trip.

Damian has raised over £2800 so far for Macmillian Cancer Support
Damian has raised over £2800 so far for Macmillian Cancer Support

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