Charity cyclists go distance

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THREE cyclists are to go the distance when they bike nearly 1,000 miles in aid of two young people’s charities.

Ross Bennett, 26, of Thurston, will start the journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats today with friends Georgie Burr, 25, of Hartest, and Owen Williams, 26, of Rattlesden.

The trio will join 18 others for the 14-day ride to raise money for AfriKids, which finances and delivers sustainable children’s rights projects in Ghana’s most vulnerable regions.

They are also collecting funds for The Otesha Project UK, a charity that challenges young people to help create a greener, cleaner and fairer world.

The fund-raising initiative has been organised by the social enterprise Brake the Cycle, which encourages sustainable living through adventure and slow travel.

The cyclists will visit a range of organic farms and environmental projects.

Mr Bennett said: “We’re a little bit nervous but it should be good.”

To donate, visit www.brakethecycle.org.uk