Cross-country charity cyclists near finish line
FIVE men from Shepton Mallet who have embarked on a cycling challenge across the country have managed to spend a night in their own beds.
Jason Cooper, Kevin Hodges, Luke Miller, Jon Hodson, Mike Squire and Alex Chant started their epic trip from John O'Groats to Land's End on September 30.
The friends reached Shepton on Tuesday and aim to reach the finish line in Cornwall tomorrow (October 11).
They have taken on the gruelling challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Their target is £15,000 and they have raised almost two thirds of that amount already.
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The team said they chose Macmillan because they have all suffered loss or been affected by cancer of close friends or family.
They decided to try and give something back to help others through their biggest challenge ever, by undertaking their biggest personal challenge.
Since January, the group of five have been training for eight hours a week to prepare themselves for cycling up to 100 miles a day.
The fundraisers' progress has been documented on Facebook and on www.tripviewapp.com/milesformacmillanlads, where donations can be made.
Nick Roper, who developed the website, said so far their trip has had over 12,000 page views since they started out with visits from Canada, Russia, The USA, Australia, Belgium, France, Greece and Italy.