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Land’s End to John O’Groats update

We have been following with great interest the progress of the Land’s End to John O’Groats sponsored cycle ride which set off on Saturday 5th July.  Two directors from Traveandinsure are accompanying three staff and eight students, aged from 14 to 18 years, from West Buckland School, North Devon as they try to complete the 930 mile trip by 21st July.  The proceeds raised will be given to Pokot Rural Services, again based in North Devon, who are in the process of introducing high quality, disease resistant goats into the Pokot region of Kenya.  But what of their progress to date?  Well it has not been without some trials and tribulations according to the first report we have received.  Met with the full force of an Atlantic gale at the start at Land’s End, they set off completing the 60 miles to St Austell, their overnight stop, in very miserable conditions.  Undeterred, the second day was little better with atrocious weather as they traversed Dartmoor to stop at Moretonhampstead.  News of the trip reached the media and enroute to Bridgwater on Day Three, they we were met by a film crew from TV Southwest and a short piece about the group should be shown on that channel later this week.  Then in the early hours on 8th July, at the campsite at Bridgwater, two local youths on a destructive spree resulting in several cars broken into and a school vandalised, smashed the rear window of the cycle ride minibus and stole three of the group’s bikes.  As they were doing this, the group were threatened by one of the youths brandishing a crowbar before running off.  Police were called and the description given of one of the assailants resulted in two arrests and the bikes being recovered in the space of a couple of hours.  Well done to the local Bridgwater police force for such a rapid result.  Again a huge media interest gathered pace with the story mainlining on Orchard FM, Lantern FM and the 6pm Drive Time Show on local South West Radio.  If anything, this has strengthened the spirit within the group and, in high spirits, the cyclists have pressed on and reached Stroud.  With a rest day planned for 9th July, the group will set off for Ironbridge on the next leg northwards on 10th July.  This article is brought to you by Travelandinsure.com, specialist in Ethical Travel Insurance.

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