Nation cycle in just nine days

Cyclists from Kimberley and Watnall who took part in a charity bike ride across the country have spoken out about their experience.

Pete Campbell, Greg Hodgson and Matt Keetley rode from Lands End to John O’Groats for Christian Aid and Disability Snowsport UK.

They cycled a total of 977 miles raising more than £3,000 for charity.

Despite a barrage of torrential weather, crashes and injuries, the team were able to complete the journey - a feat that usually takes 14 days for most riders - in nine days.

Pete, 35, from Watnall, said the weather had made it a testing, treacherous slog.

He said: “The weather forecasts looked dire for the final day of the ride.

“Heavy wind and rain was expected to roll in mid-morning and last all day.

“The forecast was unfortunately correct for once! This was further hampered as Greg punctured with just seven miles to go.”

Matt, 47, from Kimberley, said cycling through the British countryside had been one of the best parts of the trip.

He said: “The scenery was just incredible.

“We got to see the countryside at a slow pace - it was just fantastic.

“I’ve not been to Scotland since I was a child. It was just beautiful.”

The team were aided by a support vehicle carrying gear, spares, food and water bottles.

The group is own considering completing the challenge in seven days next year.

Last year Pete rode from London to Paris for Christian Aid.

The team is still accepting donations. Visit justgiving.com/Greg-Hodgson2013.