Fundraising Events: Land’s End to John O’Groats Challenge



On 1st May 2016, seven North Ayrshire Citizens Advice Service (NACAS) employees, including the charity’s Chief Executive, Nina Smith, and friends of the organisation, will embark on a 1000+ mile cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of raising money for NACAS.  The challenge is set to take in many of the cycle routes and minor roads throughout Great Britain and the route has been deliberately chosen to pass through their operating area of North Ayrshire, including the Island of Arran.  This will mean the team will cycle well over 1000 miles, averaging up to 80 miles per day, over 14 days.

The challenge will be a real test of their fitness levels, endurance and friendship and with most of the group new to cycling this is set to be an epic adventure and one they will never forget!

Business Development Manager, Ian Lawrie, whose proposed the challenge said, ‘I have been talking about doing the ‘End to End’, or LEJOG as it’s commonly known, for the past 5 years now and one night after a wee dram I emailed my Chief Executive, Nina and told her my plan. She’s a really keen runner so I reckoned she’d be up for the challenge too.  It took some time, but I eventually wore her down.  I then embarked on a mission to recruit some other colleagues and friends and my persistence has paid off as there are now seven of us training for the challenge’   ‘I forgot to tell them though that my sense of direction is terrible, so who knows where we’ll end up!’  

 The team will depart on 30th April 2016 for Land’s End and start cycling on 1st May, arriving in John O’Groats on 14th May.  They will return to their base in Ardrossan on 15th May, hopefully still friends and having raised a great deal of money for their charity.