On yer bike! Fundraisers go cross-country

Pete Muxlow, Dave Robinson and Keith Beacroft
Pete Muxlow, Dave Robinson and Keith Beacroft

A group of big-hearted bike enthusiasts are preparing to take on a trek from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for two charities.

Keith Beacroft, Dave Robinson and Pete Muxlow will be tackling the best part of 900 miles raising money for the Prostate Cancer Charity and Macmillan Nurses.

Keith and Dave will be travelling on restored motorbikes, which are over 50-years-old, and Pete will be following their every move in a back-up van.

The trio are members of the Birmingham Small Arms Company (BSA) Gold Star Owner’s Club and are raising money for the Prostate Cancer Charity because a number of members have been affected by the illness.

“Three or four people in the club have died with it and it’s an opportunity for us to raise some money for the charity and the nurses who were very helpful,” Pete said.

Keith added: “I was laid in bed one night thinking ‘what can we do?’.

“A member of the club, Mick Baines, passed away with it and we wanted to do something.

“So I thought, why not do Land’s End to John O’Groats on my bike?”

Dave was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, and admitted he hadn’t sat on a bike in months, but said he was more than ready for the challenge ahead.

The group will be taking on the ride in five stages; from Land’s End to Bristol, then to Lincolnshire before travelling to Goathland where they will make an appearance at the vintage vehicle weekend.

They will then travel to Elgin and take on the last leg to John O’Groats.

“The support we have received has been fantastic,” Pete said. “A lot of fellow BSA members have responded to requests for help along the way and a number of them have offered to help with accommodation,” Pete said. “The fraternity associated with biking is fantastic.”

There will be a fundraising concert by the Caistor and District Male Voice Choir on April 12 at Caistor Parish Church.