Champagne finish for friends after 600-mile cycle ride to Scotland

PEDAL POWER Dave Dawkins, left, and Steve Powell challenged themselves to cycle from Portsmouth to Dundee in only''six days
PEDAL POWER Dave Dawkins, left, and Steve Powell challenged themselves to cycle from Portsmouth to Dundee in only''six days
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PEDALLING to Scotland is no mean feat – but this pair took it in their stride and completed the challenge in just six days.

Dave Dawkins and Steve Powell cycled the 600 miles to Dundee in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

And in doing so raised more than £1,100 for their efforts.

The friends – who work together at Scotia Gas Network, Drayton – got on their bikes and headed for the company’s most northerly office in the UK.

They left the depot at Walton Park, Drayton, at 8.30am on Sunday, September 4 and arrived in Dundee at 3pm last Friday, just in time to meet their Scottish colleagues before they clocked off for the weekend.

Dave, 42, of Binness Way, Farlington, said: ‘It was an amazing feeling as we went over the Tay Road Bridge and into Dundee because we knew we were there.

‘Then we turned the corner and all the workers were outside the building clapping and cheering us over the finish line.

‘As we crossed the line they were spraying us with champagne and playing Queen’s We Are The Champions. It sent tingles down my spine, it was just incredible.’

The lads had originally considered cycling to the company’s different southern offices, but instead opted for the most southern to most northern as it was a tougher route.

Steve, 28, of Woodgreen Avenue, Bedhampton, said: ‘We wanted a big challenge and that’s what we got. The weather and the terrain were especially difficult. Every day it got colder and every day we got soaked by the rain.

‘By the last couple of days it was hard to get back on the bikes because our legs had stiffened up and the route seemed to get harder and harder.

‘But it was an excellent trip. The day we crossed into Scotland is the one day that stood out because it was the nicest weather-wise and the scenery was amazing.’

Macmillan is particularly close to Steve’s heart as his wife’s grandfather Harry Jones received care from the charity before he died from cancer.

He added: ‘The charity was so good at looking after him when he was ill and we wanted to give something back. Everyone knows someone who is effected by cancer and Macmillan does such good work for so them, it’s a worthwhile cause.’

As the pair completed their six-day mission, fellow employees in offices across Britain held their own 25-mile bike rides at the same time, to boost the figure raised for the charity to over £22,000.

Paul Morgan, the charity’s fundraising manager in Hampshire, said: ‘We would like to thank all those who supported the charity and congratulate Dave and Steve on their momentous achievement. The funds raised will change the lives of people affected by cancer.’