Phill Warburton and Lee Rimmer, Joint Managing Directors of Bootle based REHAU bi-fold door specialists Specialist Frame PVC-U Ltd, have set themselves quite a challenge to raise money for the Stick ‘n’ Step children’s charity on Merseyside.
Keen cyclists, they have previously completed a charity bike ride from Liverpool to Chester. However, this time they are setting their sights much higher and are planning to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) in just 8 days with no support crew.
The popular LEJOG route normally takes two weeks accompanied by at least one support car to carry luggage and provide back up. However, because of work commitments and because they wanted to really test themselves, Phill and Lee have put together an 8 day schedule for just two bikes, taking in a 138 mile ride on day 5 including a climb of Shap Fell.
Phill said: “LEJOG is a well ridden route – particularly in the window and door industry – so we know we’ve got to push ourselves that little bit harder to raise the money we’re targeting for our chosen charity. Stick ‘n’ Step provides support to children throughout Merseyside with cerebral palsy and just £3,000 could fund a child’s place in their Conductive Education Therapy centre for a year.
“We’ve been training hard for the event – cycling the long way home 20 miles instead of the usual 7 – and with 100 plus mile rides at the weekends and, having cycled to the Stick ‘n’ Step centre in Wallasey last week to meet some of the children who will benefit from our efforts, we’ve got all the motivation we need to succeed.”
Phill and Lee will be setting off from Lands End on Saturday 2 June and plan to arrive in John O’Groats a week later on 9 June. They are hoping as many industry customers and colleagues as possible will sponsor them via www.justgiving.com/leeandphill-lejog