Two Cornwall-based work mates are to attempt one of the biggest challenges in the world of UK cycling, the well-known ‘end-to-end’ ride from John O’Groats to Lands End; all in aid of charity. Robert Wickes and Alex Lilly, both trainee building surveyors at Falmouth and Bodmin based RTP Surveyors, are to set off on 18th April for what they hope will be a two-week expedition!
Rob, 23, formerly from Falmouth, and currently living in Truro, is cycling in aid of the largely unknown charity, Myeloma UK, to support those coping with the currently incurable blood plasma cancer Myeloma. Alex, 23, a true Cornishman from Carnon Downs, currently living in Falmouth, is cycling in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, helping to improve the lives of those affected by cancer.
The pair, who have become good friends since working for RTP Surveyors are currently hard in training for what they hope will be a huge personal adventure as well as a great accomplishment for charity, their primary motivation for completing the cycle.
Commenting on the cycle Rob said: “I can’t quite believe Alex talked me into completing it with him, but now that it’s looming close I am very excited and looking forward to helping such a great cause”.
Commonly beginning at Lands End and finishing at John O’Groats, the boys are reversing the trip so that they are homeward bound! Alex commented: “Hopefully cycling towards home will give us enough motivation to tough it out if we are flagging towards the end, and will give us the push we need to complete it within the 14 days we’ve allowed!”
Both lads are very thankful to RTP Surveyors for sponsoring them with an extra week’s holiday, so that they can complete the cycle.