By Zoe McMillan
“Well, there’s no going back now”, the infamous last words of John Optional Whalley and Jenny Dalton of Seend Pork Pie Cycling Club as they packed their rider numbers, loaded up their bikes and pies and set off this morning to embark on their epic 9 day adventure cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats…and all in the name of charity.
The feisty duo are founder members of the aforementioned Seend Pork Pie Cycling Club-aptly named due to their inability to ride any great distance without chowing down on a certain delicacy…so much so that Pork Farms kindly donated over 100 of the little beauties to keep the team well fueled throughout their months of training.
To succeed Jenny, John and the team set off from Lands End tomorrow & must average at least 100 miles a day over the next 9 days if they are to complete the challenge and arrive at John O’Groats in 9 days time. They are both riding for their chosen charities; Jenny for Vodafone’s refugee campaign and John for Macmillan; you can read more about their personal motivation by taking a look at Jenny’s story and John’s story respectively (link attached.)
If you’re free on Sunday and fancy getting creative with an encouraging banner…or simply cheering them on or doing a sun dance to hold off the rain for them you can make your way to Bath where the cycling entourage will be ending their second day; some 200 miles into their epic journey.
You can also sponsor John and Jenny and show your support by heading to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jennifer-Dalton1 and www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-optional-whalley.
You can also donate to Jenny by texting 70070 with the words JECY75 £10
I’m sure all in Devizes and Seend wish you both well. Safe journey to you both. On your marks, get set, on ya bikes 😃😃😃