In June 2018, a group of middle aged bums will set out on their bikes to do this. Their aim, to prove to themselves that they can do it, to tick something off on their mythical bucket list, to lose a few kilos and to raise some money for Bowel & Cancer Research.

One of the ‘bums’ had bowel cancer in 2008. He had been thinking that: he might do, could do or even should do this ride to mark ten years since being diagnosed. Whilst he was prevaricating another ‘bum’ said that he would sponsor him and yet another ‘bum’ said he would accompany him. Before we knew it, we had a group of bums on bikes.

The straight line distance from Land’s End to John o’Groats is 603 miles but this would involve going over the Irish Sea! The traditional distance by road is 874 miles. However, the bums route is going to avoid major roads whenever possible and be as scenic as they can make it. In total, they will be cycling around 1,000 miles over 12 days, an average of 83 miles per day.

More to the point they will be climbing around 57,000 ft or 17,000 m. That is roughly the equivalent or cycling up Mount Everest – twice! On the first day alone they will climb 2,450m – Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK is 1,344m high.

Please support the Bums on Bikes in whichever way you can. The ambition is to raise £150,000 to fund vital and important research into Bowel related conditions.