Bikers setting out to help lifeboat

Two weeks, two bikes, and 1,000 miles - that is the challenge facing two north Norfolk volunteers hoping to use pedal power to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Two weeks, two bikes, and 1,000 miles - that is the challenge facing two north Norfolk volunteers hoping to use pedal power to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Kevin Theodore and Adam Reith give up their spare time as members of Sheringham lifeboat crew and first responders team.

This September they hope to raise money for both causes when they attempt to cycle 1,005 miles from John O'Groats to Land's End.

The route will take them the length of the UK, stopping at various lifeboat stations and First Responder units along the way to help raise awareness of the work they do.


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Mr Theodore, who began volunteering for the RNLI two years ago, said, like many schemes, the idea had been conceived after a few drinks in the pub. The 35-year-old said: 'We can't get out of it now. We're really looking forward to it. It's an adventure.'

The two men are hoping to collect sponsorship and sell advertising space on their jerseys and support vehicle ahead of the ride, as well as collecting money en route. Father-of-three Mr Theodore said: 'We would like to get �5,000 for each charity.'

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Both volunteers have begun intense training for the challenge, which will see them cycle 85 miles each day.

They have already had to replace their bikes after wearing them out on north Norfolk's roads during the winter and are now spending three hours a day at Pinewoods gym - which has given them free membership and a personal trainer worth �1,000.

Mr Reith, 18, who works in the Lobster pub, said: 'We are going to train really hard now so we can enjoy it while we are out there.'

To find out how to sponsor them or donate kit for the ride, visit www.inthesame-boat.org.uk or email inthesameboat2009@googlemail.co.uk.

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