The Longest Day Challenge
I met Derek at The Classic Bike Show and was totally inspired by the task which he is taking on. We all like to go for a blast on our pride and joy that we've lovingly care for, but to jump on a bike that costs no more than an annual service, insurance and tax to cover a 1000 miles is mind-boggling.
This year is the 10th anniversary of The Longest Day Challenge, when 39 motorcyclists will ride from Land's End to to John O'Groats in 24 hours to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Last year's event raised £60,000, which took the running total for the event to over £310,000 raised for Cancer Research UK since it all began back in 2013. Held on the longest day of the year (21st June) riders aren't allowed to use motorways and their bike must cost no more than £600 (not including the cost of tyres, brakes or MOT).
Derek added "1000 miles in 24 hours on a modern touring bike using motorways would be hard enough, but on something costing less than £600, it definitely won't be easy! I've spent £460 on a 34 year old Suzuki GS500e, a great commuter bike in its day but that was a long time and many miles ago!"
I'm sure everyone reading this will somehow have been affected by cancer - either personally, or amongst friends and family. Every pound counts, so if you can't afford much, that's fine but, if everyone who reads this donated one pound, it would make a big difference towards battling this disease. Finally, each rider has bought their own bike and is paying for their own fuel etc. so that all monies donated will go to Cancer Research UK."
Please, please, please get behind Derek and support him all the way for this very worthy charity ride.
To sponsor Derek, use the QR code below or go to:- fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/dereks-lejog-charity-ride
And for more information about the event, please visit:- www.longestdaychallenge.com