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Cycling friends marathon journey

PUBLISHED: 10:22 18 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:18 05 July 2010

Two friends who have cycled the width of the country to raise money for a community nursing charity finished their journey at Britain's most easterly point this week.

Two friends who have cycled the width of the country to raise money for a community nursing charity finished their journey at Britain's most easterly point this week.

Mike Welby, of Gillingham, near Beccles, and Andy Chapman left Land's End on September 9 and set off towards Ness Point in Lowestoft where they arrived on Monday.

After seven full days and 460 miles of pedal power, they arrived at Britain's most easterly point yesterday afternoon.

The pair have raised more than £1,000 for Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund, which provides district nursing care for terminally ill people in north Suffolk.

Mr Welby said he wanted to take on the challenge to raise money in memory of his father, who was looked after by nurses from the care fund before he died last year.

He said: “We chose to cycle here because my dad was from Lowestoft and I lived here for the first few years of my life. It's been quite an adventure - on Friday we got caught in torrential rain in Wiltshire. We were lost about two miles from our accommodation, soaked through and Andy got a puncture - that was the worst point - but I'm glad we did it.”


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