Land's End to John O'Groats (or vice-versa)
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4 + support JoG July 2006 13 days
"We need to get cracking..."
2 LE September 2005 13 days
In support of Whittington Babies and Diabetes UK
1 JoG Aug - Sept. 2005 8 days
In support of the Anthony Nolan Trust
2 JoG June 2005 16 days
"It looked on the map as if it was downhill from JoG to Lands End"
2 + LE July - August 2004 15 days
'Girls in a Whirl'
2 JoG July - August 2004 19 days
2 + LE June 2004 11 days
2 LE June 2004 11 days
"The name of the website came from the inspirational text sent by my brother, upon telling him I had made it to Lands End (the start of the journey) he sent me the text 'Well Done Lad! - Keep peddaling!'"
5 + JoG June 2004 13 days
solo LE May - June 2004 14 days
"I had a few navigational problems today but luckily I got some help from another lost Land's End to John O' Groats cyclist (the roads are packed with them - no wonder it takes hours to drive to Cornwall, it's all the bloomin' cyclists!)."
solo LE May - June 2004 12 days
2 LE May - June 2004 15 days
"At the age of 30 we began with one old touring bike, a cycling Britain book, and a considerable amount of excess weight between us...."
solo LE May 2004 9 days
"My name is Stephen Rumble and the 13th May 2004 marked two significant milestones in my life. It saw the completion of nine long days cycling and it was also the first anniversary of the day I completed 61ŕ2 months of combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment for Hodgkins' Disease. I set myself the ridiculous target of cycling the 950 miles from Lands End to John O'Groats in just 9 days and raising £5,000 for charity."
3 + JoG May 2004 9 days
part solo LE May 2004 15 days
"Why don't you do the end-to-end?" she said. Well, with clearance from Ground Control why not indeed!
3 + JoG May 2004 9 days
"And it came to pass that on the 9th day, the 3 blokes did get up and get on their bikes and did cycle the final 80 odd miles to be greeted with much applause and popping of corks at Lands End."
2 LE April 2004 12 days
brought his own osteopath
3 + JoG 2004 10 days
1 LE Sept. - Oct 2003 18 days
"When I was last there (1974) there was nothing at Land's End except a signpost. Now there is a whole fake village, apparently built by Peter de Savary 12 yrs ago to capture 'the Lands End Experience'. There's progress."
solo LE September 2003 13 days
"Clunton, Clunbury, Clungunford and Clun, Are the quitest places under the sun"
solo LE September 2003 8 days
solo + JoG September 2003 8 days
"The last twenty miles are a breeze and I start to enjoy the moment... I turn on my rear light, to be seen by passing motorists against the setting sun. It would be so annoying to be run over now."
3 + JoG September 2003 9 days
charity ride in support of cancer research
solo + LE August - Sept. 2003 19 days
"No-one has ever asked us for the flattest route, our members prefer the scenic routes."
2 LE August 2003 18 days
2 LE August 2003 8 days
"Why exactly was John O'Groats the famous one? Maybe it was just the last village? At this point however it had become our goal, and there was no way I was going to detour to every little place with a claim to Northernness or Easterlyness, no matter how geographically accurate that claim might be."
solo LE August 2003 18 days
"I continued up towards Redmire moor and saw Victoria Wood walking along the road but couldn't think of her name and decided against asking her for a photograph as 'You're that woman off telly, any chance of a photo?' would have sounded quite rude."
4 LE July - August 2003 15 days
"After the obligatory photographs we got talking to a small group of motorcyclists from Barnstaple in Devon. They were feeling proud having ridden their 1000cc motorcycles from Lands End to John O'Groats (with a support van) in 7 days. They were somewhat deflated when they asked what we'd been doing."
2 JoG July - August 2003 12 days
2 + LE July 2003 15 days
solo LE July 2003 14 days
"I decided to write this account of my journey from Land's End to John O' Groats for myself and for family and friends. The purpose was to enable them to share the experience if they wished, without the necessity to listen to me droning on endlessly like an End To End bore. This in turn leaves me ample opportunity to drone on about other more trivial matters."
2 JoG June - July 2003 13 days
"There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness'" - Dave Barry
solo + LE June 2003 8 days
"I reckon I passed over 500 wheel trims in Scotland, that had been knocked off cars that had tried to squeeze through gaps too tight."
group + LE June 2003 13 days
2 LE May 2003 23 days
Off-road via The Camel Trail, Bodmin Moor, The Tarka Trail, Exmoor, Dunkery Beacon, The Quantocks, Cheddar Gorge, The Mendips, Avon Gorge, The Black Mountains, Radnor Forest, Wenlock Edge, Ironbridge, The Way for the Millennium, Tissington Trail, Cut Gate, The Pennine Bridleway, Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Cam High Road, Lady Anne Clifford’s Highway, The Maiden Way, Craik Forest, Black Law, The Trossachs, The West Highland Way, The Great Glen, Gleann Mor and the wilds of Northern Scotland.
LE April - May 2003 21 days
"Despite years of cycling hither and yon with the occasional stop in Hull, my dirty little secret, aside from the fact that I actually kind of like Hull, is that I've never been terribly fond of pedalling."
solo JoG August 2002 12 days
three times (so far)
2 LE July - August 2002 14 days
solo + LE June - August 2002 1016 miles "To celebrate my 60th birthday I decided to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats for a bit of fun, exercise and fresh air."
solo LE July 2002 14 days
"Hard day today, first 50 mile where very hilly, not big, steep goes on forever kind of hills, just lots of the bloody things! Now I'm going up a hill, now I'm going down a hill... Now I'm going up another hill, now I'm going down another hill. Repeat until bored."
6 + JoG July 2002 22 days
"In July 2002 the Cann family of six (Jim - dad, Sam - mum, daughters Calamaty-Jayne and Haby-Blu, sons Capabilaty-Jack and Bow-Jango) cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End in aid of Cystic Fibrosis...They hold the record for the youngest child to cycle this distance, Bow-Jango, who has Cystic Fibrosis himself, was 7 years and 9 months old."
solo LE June - July 2001
June - August 2002
84 days "The philosophy is to take the journey slow and easy."
2 JoG July - August 2002 16 days
solo LE July 2002 13 days
"Because there's nothing on telly."
solo + JoG June - July 2002 15 days
solo LE June - July 2002 15 days
solo LE June 2002 12 days
solo LE June 2002 9 days "I went from almost a non-cyclist to a 100 miles a day End-2-End cyclist in a couple of months. If you can put 2 months of tough training in and put up with some discomfort for 9 days then it's a matter of keeping the pedals turning slowly all day. It's actually more about determination than cycling prowess."
2 LE June 2002 10 days
solo LE June 2002 14 days
2 LE June 2002 17 days
solo + LE May - June 2002 14 days
"As I cycled the last few hundred yards to the finish line, I was expecting floods of memories and emotion, but I felt strangely neutral, no real thoughts or elation, no euphoria, just done it."
2 LE May - June 2002 "Gretna is the gloomiest town on earth. Everything was closed except the sweet-shop which doubled as a fish-and-chip shop. A massively overweight man was buying bags of sweets from hundreds of jars while we ordered chicken nuggets that tasted like damp flour and chips that sagged. We ate them in the rain on a concrete bench. We stayed in a b&b with dolls of flamenco dancing girls on the beds and photographs of Japanese brides and grooms, souvenirs aimed at luring in the Japanese and Koreans who still come to Gretna to marry."
solo LE May 2002 15 days
"At one point, as I crawled up a hill, I passed two ladies walking their dogs. 'Where are you going?' they asked cheerily as I inched past them. 'John O'Groats', I replied. 'Best of British to you,' they said."
2 LE May 2002 19 days by tandem
2 LE May 2002 15 days
2 LE April - May 2002 1019 miles Isles of Scilly to Shetland
16 + JoG 2002 989 miles CTC ride
LE September 2001 53:48:21 photos
solo + LE August 2001 11 days
"I left my youthful love of cycling to follow a more conventional route of growing up, the curriculum included plenty of smoking, drinking, laying about and general apathy far removed from the back roads of Wiltshire where I had formally cut my cycling wings. I went from cycling to school, to hitching to the pub, Sundays in the hills to a game of pool in the Mallard. It catches up with you in the end."
2 LE August 2001 21 days
2 LE August 2001 15 days
"One thousand miles and all on bikes?" he wrinkled his forehead as if in pain, tipped extra sugar into his steaming coffee and looked pointedly out of the rain-flecked windows. The slate-grey sky merged seamlessly with wind-whipped waves. It was the beginning of August, the beginning of our holiday and day one of our journey."
solo LE August 1981;
20 years & 14 days
2 LE August 2001 21 days
"Welcome to my site. If you don't like cycling then what the hell are you doing here?"
solo LE August 2001 16 days
solo + LE July - August 2001 17 days
solo LE July - August 2001 15 days
"With relief I spotted a shopping centre and looking like a drowned rat stumbled into the warmth and light. I went to the toilets in Asda and turning on the electric hand drier huddled round it for 5 minutes trying to warm up, desperately ignoring the strange looks people were giving me. I couldn't sleep the night here and so reluctantly got my map out and in the light was able to work out where I was."
solo JoG July - August 2001 15 days photo album