Matthew Enoch and Rupert May will be tackling LEJOG (Land’s End to John O’Groats) leaving Land’s End on Wednesday 20 June and cycling an average of 215 miles a day to reach John O’Groats on Saturday 23 June.
Ex-GB kayaker Matt, 42 from Nottingham, and Rupert, 43 from Leicestershire, have taken on challenges such as Ironman triathlons and the 3 Peaks Challenge. Together, they are hoping to raise over £2,000 for CLIC Sargent. Manchester Airports Group (MAG), the owners of East Midlands Airport, chose CLIC Sargent as its first-ever national charity partner in 2015.
An iconic challenge
Rupert May, one of the challengers, said:
“LEJOG is an iconic challenge and a bit of a bucket list item. Once Matt and I had spoken about doing it together, the tandem thing just popped out… It was more as a joke but we decided to buy one and have a go.”
The infamous LEJOG challenge is usually taken on by individual riders and done over nine days – but Matthew and Rupert decided they wanted to challenge themselves even further and have been training hard to make sure they will be up for the challenge, and in order to stick to their strict time-schedule.
Rupert said: “The training has been going well. Getting used to riding the tandem and finding a position we were both comfortable in has been the hardest part. Once you’re up and rolling on the tandem it’s okay and we work well together - it’s been the slow speed and stopping and starting that has thrown up a few ‘interesting moments’. We’ve got to grips with it now and we’re feeling confident for the challenge ahead!’
In order to complete the route in half the usual time, the friends will be in the saddle for 15 hours at a time.
“We’re both excited and nervous, and not underestimating the challenge ahead. As long as we stay on the bike and don’t encounter too many problems, I’m sure we will enjoy it and take some amazing memories away."
“Apart from reaching John O’Groats intact, we’re looking forward to having done this epic challenge together, and raising money for a very worthy charity and for everyone affected by this terrible disease.”
Sam Scott, Corporate Fundraising Manager, CLIC Sargent, said: “We are delighted to have the support of MAG in our fight for young lives against cancer. Without the amazing efforts from fundraisers like Matt and Rupert we wouldn’t be able to provide the vital support we do.
“We wish them both the best of luck on such a tough challenge and would like to say a huge thank you to them for all their hard work.”