The Bums reach John o' Groats

12 days, 77 hours in the saddle, over 1,000 miles covered and 64,600 ft climbed! On Thursday 21st of June our Bums on Bikes cycled up to John o' Groats at the peak of the UK and knew they had achieved something special. There were smiles, fist pumps and lots and lots of photos. 

They've become a strong unit

The riders were in each other's company constantly - they cycled together, ate together and slept in the same rooms. And this brought them all together. By the end the Bums had mastered riding in a peloton and they supported each other when anyone particularly felt the burn. Though they rode as a team, each rider had their own personal reasons for taking part to raise money for research.

Click on their profiles below to find out more.

Will Risdill-Smith Charles Mesquita Doug Tannahill
Will Risdill-Smith Charles Mesquita Doug Tannahill
Paul Reynolds Ian Prideaux Julian Cripps
Paul Reynolds Ian Prideaux Julian Cripps

David Morley

David Morley
David was only with the riders for 3 days but he was an integral part of the team

It's been a tough challenge

During the first few days of cycling they took on the incredibly hilly terrains of the west country, climbing over 2,450m on the first day alone (Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain is a mere 1,344m). Speaking with several of the riders at this point, they had wondered what they got themselves into.

But they gritted their teeth and #keptpedalling, even when the injuries started joining the ride: within the first few days Doug sustained a knee injury that meant he cycled in constant pain for 5 days, and then on the 7th day Paul hit a pothole at speed and was sent flying off his bike. That evening was spent in Dumfries A&E where he received painkillers, antibiotics and had his dislocated finger stitched up.

On top of all this, every rider has had to contend with an incredibly sore behind (an irony not lost on anyone). They all persevered because the support from their family and friends has been phenomenal, and their fundraising has soared, smashing their initial target of £100,000 and currently heading up to £150,000. 

What does £150,000 mean to us? It will support two PhD students through our specialist programme, investing in the best science and our future experts, to take us closer to a future where no one dies of bowel cancer or has to live with a chronic bowel condition.

We're incredibly grateful for the Bums' support, they will make a real difference.