Motorcyclists rev up for charity treks

Two North Norfolk motorcyclists are revving up to bike their way across the country for charity. John Lewis, 61, from Holt won't be hitting the fast lane as he travels from Land's End to John O'Groats on a 1950s style motorbike.

Two North Norfolk motorcyclists are revving up to bike their way across the country for charity.

John Lewis, 61, from Holt won't be hitting the fast lane as he travels from Land's End to John O'Groats on a 1950s style motorbike.

Mr Lewis expects to take three days to complete the epic journey on his 500cc Royal Enfield, which can only reach a top speed of about 60 mph, meaning he will only be using A roads on his long route instead of motorways.

He sets off on Tuesday to raise funds for the Sheringham-based charity Break, which organises care services for children and adults with special needs.

He said: “I wanted to set myself a challenge and would have done this expedition anyway, but then I thought that I could benefit a local charity at the same time.”

People can support Mr Lewis by going into the following shops and taking part in a guess how much mileage he will cover competition: Revolution Ink and Bakers & Larners in Holt and Henries, Fastlane and Blythe and Wright in Sheringham.

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Alternatively donations can be made by logging onto www.justgiving.com/endtoend07

Another biking fan, John Digby is readying himself for a 3,000 journey around Britain on his powerful Kawazaki ZZR600 motorbike to help Cromer's Age Concern get a new minibus.

Mr Digby, 59, is setting off on his marathon ride from Morrisons in Holt Road, Cromer at 10am on Saturday, May 19 and he is asking fellow motorcyclist to join him on parts of his epic journey.

He said: “I will be 60 this year and I decided I should go on this ride before I got so old that I could not do it.

“Then my wife, who is a volunteer at Age Concern, said they were looking to get a new bus so I thought it would be a good idea to help them get one.”

The first day of Mr Digby's motorcycle ride will take in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Bury St Edmunds and he expects to cover 150 miles a day on his odyssey.

Any motorcyclists who want to join Mr Digby can go to Morrisons on Saturday, May 19 or visit www.roundbritian2007.homecall.co.uk to see how to take parts in other stages of his voyage.

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