BTP officers cycle from John O'Groats to Lands End for charity

Published: Thursday, 29 April

Updated: Wednesday, 7 May
Eight of our own cycling heroes are gear-ing up for a remarkable two-wheeled adventure in order to raise £20,000 for Samaritans.

Andrew Leontilu

Starting on Saturday, 3 May an intrepid team of eight cyclists will travel from John O’Groats to Land’s End – a distance of nearly 1,000 miles – to raise money for Samaritans. And the eight-strong peloton will aim to complete the task in just nine days – the challenge normally takes 12 days and is often ridden from south to north to allow for prevailing winds.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Newton said: “The John O’Groats to Land’s End (JOGLE) route is a gruelling one, especially in such a short space of time, but we have all been training hard and are taking part to help a fantastic charity.

“Samaritans carries out tremendous work to help people in distress who often have nowhere else to turn.

“As a police force dedicated solely to working on the railway, we know only too well the human cost of those who feel they have no option but to harm themselves.

“Across Great Britain our officers are regularly called upon to intervene and help people who are distressed and trespass on the rail network.

“We have worked extensively with Samaritans to better equip our officers to deal with these incidents and to ensure those in distress are dealt with effectively and sensitively from the first contact with BTP.”

The Route

The JOGLE team set off from Seaview Hotel, at John O’Groats at 8am on Saturday, 3 May, and will be stopping off at Bonar Bridge, Fort William, Glasgow, Carlisle, Liverpool, Ludlow, Wincanton and Launceston, before finally arriving at Land’s End at about 6pm on Sunday, 11 May.

You can view the teams' progress here.

Get involved

The team are aiming to raise £20,000 for Samaritans. To help the team achieve its goal you can donate online.

ACC Newton said: “We have already received generous donations from a number of organisations, including First Group, Transport for London, Arriva, Vauxhall, Chiltern Railways, STM Security and LOROL, as well as friends, family and well-wishers.

“We still have some way to go to reach our target, but I have no doubt that through the efforts of the cyclists – and the generosity of our supporters – we will get there.”

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