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Emily Chappell and friends ride Land's End to John O'Groats over New Year for charity

Trio hit more than six times their fundraising target for charity that helps homeless people in Scotland

While many of us were seeing in the New Year on Sunday and spending yesterday recovering, fomrer bike courier turned ultracyclist Emily Chappell and two friends were completing a four-day ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Chappell, author of the book What Goes Around and the first woman to finish the 2016 Transcontinental Race, had been aiming to raise £500 for the Scottish charity Social Bite in the ride, which she undertook with Jenny Graham and Huw Oliver.

They wrote on Just Giving that they were undertaking the challenge “because no one should be cold & hungry at Christmas.”

The trio added: “It's a good excuse to get a few miles in and do some training for all the big things we have planned for 2018.

“More seriously, we'll be raising money to help people who have no choice but to be out in the rain and sleet and snow at this time of year.

“If you like the look of what we're doing (or if you're very glad it's not you), please consider donating to help Social Bite's excellent work.”

At the time of writing they had raised more than six  times their target, with more than 160 people donating money.

They had set out from Land’s End shortly before 5am on Friday 29 December, and arrived at John O’Groats just under 96 hours later at 4.45am this morning.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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handlebarcam | 6 years ago
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Trio hit more than six times...

Cor blimey, the incident rate on British roads is getting ridiculous!


...their fundraising target for charity

Oh, OK, good for them.

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