Bikers marathon ride raises thousands

Dave, Pete and Keith at the finish line. Photo edited by Dave
Dave, Pete and Keith at the finish line. Photo edited by Dave

A group of local bikers have raised over £2,500 for charity after completing a mammoth cross-country trek from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Keith Beacroft and Dave Robinson rode restored BSA Gold Star motorcycles and were supported by Pete Muxlow driving an accompanying van.

The trio have raised in excess of £2,500 which will be split between Prostate Cancer UK and Macmillan Nurses.

Keith, from Barnetby, came up with the idea after a member of the Gold Star Owner’s Club passed away with prostate cancer.

With careful planning and support from the club and members of the public the group completed their six-day journey after travelling 1,105 miles.

The journey between Land’s End and John O’Groats is 838 miles if done via motorway but the trio’s route was undertaken with a number of stops along the way.

Dave, from Gainsborough, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and said he couldn’t believe he’d completed the challenge.

“It was one of the best things I’ve ever done.

“I was struggling to walk in January and now I can say I’ve done that.

“Keith and Pete really helped me out.

“I’d stashed away a bottle of champagne for when we got to John O’Groats, so as soon as we made it to the end we opened it.

“After we soaked the bikes we drank the rest.”

Keith said: “I was absolutely over the moon that we’d finished the journey.”

Pete, from Grasby, clocked up 2,260 miles in the van and was delighted with the support they received from members of the club and of the public.

“We had people looking at the bikes before we set off from Land’s End asking us what we were doing.

“Then at a pub in Grosmont the bar girl was asking us what we were doing, and afterwards she had a whip round the pub and handed £16 to us. It was wonderful.”

A special concert by the Caistor and District Male Voice Choir will be held in the town towards the end of the year and the money raised will be handed out to representatives of Macmillan Nurses and Prostate Cancer UK.