Ride from UK’s tail to tip for two charities

Bicester Millennium Cycle Club members Matt Rogers, left and Reg Gardner, right, are cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats.'130804M-A334
Bicester Millennium Cycle Club members Matt Rogers, left and Reg Gardner, right, are cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats.'130804M-A334

An intrepid duo will be taking on the ride from Lands End to John O’ Groats to raise money for two charities.

Matt Rogers, of Water Stratford, and Reg Gardner, of Bicester, are members of Bicester Millennium Cycle Club and will start their cycle, on August 17, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and Mind.

Mr Rogers’ mother died of a heart attack in 1984, when she was only 38, while Mr Gardner’s brother and sister both had heart problems.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Mr Rogers said: “I told Reg I was going to do the cycle ride and asked him if he fancied it.”

He added Reg had also spent the last two years going from 27 stone to 14 stone.

Mr Gardner said: “I was living in Spain and had been living la vida loca for a number of years. I came back weighing 27 stone. I went to my doctor and he told me to stop drinking and to start exercising.”

The pair are still looking for a support team for sections of their journey. Visit www.lejog.it to find out more.

Bicester cycle shop Broadribb’s has also given their bikes a free service.