Motorcyle duo from Saffron Walden take part in gruelling 24-hour ride in aid of cancer charity

PUBLISHED: 18:31 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:21 05 July 2017

The riders at John o' Groats. Picture: Celia Bartlett Photography

The riders at John o' Groats. Picture: Celia Bartlett Photography

Copyright © 2017 Celia Bartlett Photography

Two avid motorcycle riders from Saffron Walden travelled more than 900 miles from Land’s End to John o’ Groats in a bid to raise cash for Cancer Research UK last month.

Keith Bartlett and Benjamin Smither at John O'Groats. Picture: Celia Bartlett PhotographyKeith Bartlett and Benjamin Smither at John O'Groats. Picture: Celia Bartlett Photography

Keith Bartlett and his son-in-law Ben Smither joined a team of 20 riders for The Longest Day Down (Up) Challenge on June 21, which they aimed to complete in just 24-hours.

The pair had already built up stamina for the ride after spending the day before travelling to the start line – and in what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year.

Despite a battery problem, more hot weather and the pair arrived at John o’ Groats just after 24-hours at 5.40am and have helped raise thousands for charity.

Mr Bartlett said: “I was really surprised how I managed to stay awake so well for the whole ride. I had been warned though that the last hour would be the most difficult and that really is true.

The bikes the morning after the ride. Picture: Celia Bartlett PhotographyThe bikes the morning after the ride. Picture: Celia Bartlett Photography

“I had to lie down in a layby for a power nap which got me through to the end.”

To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/keith-bartlett or justgiving.com/fundraising/Benjamin-Smither1

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