1000 miles in 10 days: The Jogle
Cycling approximately 1,000 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 10 days
Following on from last year’s Movember success, MD & Creative Director Barrie Jones is excited to announce his JOGLE challenge, where he will be cycling approximately 1,000 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 10 days. The event will be taking place 3rd to the 12th August 2014.
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Last year, the Be Interactive team collectively pulled together and raised over £2,400 for men’s health issues when they took part in Movember.
Wishing to replicate that success, MD & Creative Director Barrie Jones is pleased to announce his JOGLE challenge, combining his love of cycling, his sense of adventure and the chance to raise money for charity.
JOGLE, as affectionately known by keen marathon runners and cyclists alike, refers to the John O’Groats to Lands End route commonly tackled by endurance runners and cyclists (although it has even been tackled on skateboard and other less conventional methods of transport). The route takes in of the whole length of Great Britain between the two extremities in the southwest and northeast. The approximate distance by road is 874 miles (1,407 km) and takes most cyclists ten to fourteen days. Barrie is firmly aiming to complete his route (947.2+ miles) in ten days and insists the John O’Groats to Land’s End route is the more challenging over the more commonly lauded Land’s End to John O’Groats approach because of Britain's south westerly prevailing winds.
“Each year we try to do something as a company. This year as it's my 40th I was always going to do something silly. It was going to be wing walking but as I am too tall and apparently too heavy! (over 12 stone! heavy?)... this was a no go. For some reason it felt logical to up the ante and combine my passion for cycling with raising the profile of SANDS. Please forward to your friends... twitter...facebook etc... If you could spare what you can, it takes a few minutes... BIG THANK YOU!
If you can't this time donate thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page, that alone is appreciated.”
Barrie Jones MD & Creative Director
Some interesting facts about the ride:
- The official Road Records Association record for a cyclist on a conventional bicycle is 44 hours, 4 minutes and 20 seconds, set by Gethin Butler in 2001
- The record for cycling from Land's End to John O’Groats is held by Andy Wilkinson, who completed the journey in 41 hours, 4 minutes and 22 seconds on a Windcheetah recumbent tricycle.
- Ben Rockett holds the record for cycling from Land's End to John o' Groats and back again in 5 days, 21 hours and 8 minutes, achieved in August 2010
- Celebrity cyclists include David Walliams, Jimmy Carr, Fearne Cotton, Miranda Hart, Patrick Kielty, Davina McCall and Russell Howard, who cycled a team relay for the BBC’s Sport Relief.
- The route has also been covered on a tandem in 1966. Riders: P.M. Swindon & W. J. Withers took 2 days, 2 hours and 14 minutes. Their record remains unbeaten.
- All members of Be Interactive were reluctant to attempt to beat the record set on a tandem as this year's challenge!
Barrie will be completing his challenge in August, and during these last few weeks of training, asks for your support by visiting his JustGiving page. We also aim to bring you training updates right here on our blog, and you will be able to follow his progress and spur him on through Twitter using #JOGLE.
Be Interactive wish Barrie the very best of luck and look forward to sharing his story with you over the coming weeks.