Best friends go on a cycling adventure in aid of Japan

THEY'RE OFF Friends start cycle mission
THEY'RE OFF Friends start cycle mission
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SIX best friends from the University of Portsmouth have set out on a whirlwind cycling adventure to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

Paul Chapman, Tim Phillips, Casey Orrin, Sam Carr, Richard Wright and Harry Bowen are determined to make the 200-mile trip from Southsea to Colchester, in Essex in five days.

Come rain or shine, the mix of civil engineer, business studies and history students are determined to cycle anything between 22 and 40 miles a day and stop off at their respective homes in Woking, Croydon, Brentwood and Colchester along the way.

Paul, 20, a civil engineering student from Brentwood, who organised the event jointly with Tim, said: ‘Tim and I were browsing Google maps trying to think up an inexpensive holiday for the group.

‘As soon as the holiday cycle started to look like it was going to be a challenge, we thought it would be a great idea to make it a sponsored event and raise funds for a worthy cause. What happened in Japan shocked a lot of us and we’d like to do our bit to help – it would be fantastic to raise more than £300.’

They set off on Monday, with the expectation of cycling roughly three hours a day. To sponsor the students visit