Mountain-biking pals use pedal power to raise vital funds for EACH

Intrepid duo Luke Taylor and Scott Jennings completed a gruelling mountain-biking challenge and raised vital funds for EACH.

The friends tackled trails in each of the four home nations, across four action-packed days, and managed to raise more than £7,400 (excluding Gift Aid).

Luke and Scott began their punishing challenge in Rostrevor, Northern Ireland, completing the Red route.

They then moved onto Scotland’s Kirroughtree Black trail and Jacob’s Ladder and Mam Tor, in the Peak District.

They finished off by completing ‘The Beast’ at Coed-Y-Brenin, in Wales.

Scott and Luke were joined for their Jacob’s Ladder trail by close friend and cancer survivor Tim Foreman.

“It was a challenge in every sense of the word. There were some massive climbs and our legs were sore by the end of it,” said Luke, from Tunstall, in Suffolk.

“We felt we were cheating a bit in Northern Ireland. It was a nice ride and felt comfortable. By the end of the second day we could really feel it, though.

“Then we moved onto the Peak District and parts of that trail were brutal and soul-destroying. It was treacherous in places. We then finished with 35k of punishment to end the week in Wales!

“We’ve pushed our bodies and bikes to their limit, cycling up some of the most notorious and feared mountain bike trails in the UK. Overall, though, it was a great adventure and we were delighted to raise so much for four special charities, including EACH.

“We chose it because we know someone who was supported by the charity. As parents ourselves, the thought of losing a child is absolutely harrowing. It’s unimaginable but we know how much care and support our friend received from EACH. It really is a remarkably good cause.”

Luke and Scott, from Rendlesham, also supported St Elizabeth’s Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support and SAFE (Supported Activities For Everyone). The amount they raised will be evenly divided between the four charities.

In total, they cycled more than 80 miles and drove 1,234.

They celebrated the end of their challenge with a mountain bike ride with friends, family and fellow riders at Twisted Oaks bike park, in Brightwell, on the 25th September.

We’ve pushed our bodies and bikes to their limit

Luke and Scott’s fundraising page is still active. To make a donation, head to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LukeandScott

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