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WATCH: The Magnificent Seven ride into Wick on their JOGLE world record bid


By David G Scott

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It's not every day you see a weird contraption like the seven-seater conference bike that appeared in Wick on Sunday but on John O'Groats to Land's End (Jogle) charity treks everything is possible.

The team of cyclists set off that morning from John O'Groats for their Land's End charity challenge and hope to set a world record. The team had a short pit stop at Wick Tesco supermarket and had a whirl around the car park to the delight of many shoppers who had gathered to watch the strange machine.

The seven-man bike outside Wick Tesco on Sunday afternoon. Picture: DGS
The seven-man bike outside Wick Tesco on Sunday afternoon. Picture: DGS

The university friends, calling themselves the Magnificent Seven, are using the seven-seater bike as they raise funds and awareness for Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC), a national children’s cancer charity.

Mark Wilson, one of the team, spoke to the newspaper outside the supermarket saying: "We set off today at half-past-nine this morning and we hope to get to Land's End by Saturday.

"We'll be cycling through the night with two teams and will keep swapping over after eight-hour shifts. Team one is on the bike at the moment and we're team two and we'll be swapping over at two o'clock."

The team is raising funds and awareness for Cyclists Fighting Cancer. Picture: DGS
The team is raising funds and awareness for Cyclists Fighting Cancer. Picture: DGS

Mark said the conference bike averages around 8mph but admitted that when it came to steep hills like at Berriedale there may have to be a bit of pushing to get to the summit.

The team hope to break a Guinness World Record by the end of the John O'Groats to Land's End ride.

Karen Center, Tesco Wick's community champion, was there to greet the team and said: "It was a pleasure meeting up and we wish them every success in their record breaking attempt."

The supermarket donated water, fruit and snacks to help them on their way.

CFC was founded in 2005 to give new lightweight bikes, tandems and specially adapted trikes to children and young people living with cancer. The riders aim to raise £50,000 for the charity, enabling more youngsters to enjoy cycling for mental health, for exercise-based rehabilitation and as an enjoyable activity.

Details of the challenge and the route can be found at: cyclistsfc.org.uk/magnificent7

Donations can also be made on the team's JustGiving at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/JOGLEbyConferenceBike

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Charity team aiming to set world record on seven-seater bike ride from John O'Groats to Land's End


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