Now that the holidays are past and things are settling down, I thought I would let everyone...and particular those here on the Org who are motorbike riders...know of an event coming up that is being arranged by some people that I know.

Inspired by the recently aired Long Way Down...the chronicles of Ewan MacGregor and Charley Boorman on their motorcycle journey from John O' Groats to Cape Town..and its predecessor Long Way Round, three bikers have been setting up an undertaking that they are calling Another Way Around, which is essentially going to be a 5-day, 2500-mile circuit of the mainland UK, using the 'four corners' of Dover, Lands End, Cape Wrath, and John O' Groats as their main waymarks.

The organisers, and the charities they are riding for are: Jim Mitchell (from near Linlithgow) riding for UNICEF, Sean Jones (from the W. Midlands) riding for CHAS - the Childrens Hospice Assn. Scotland, and Ian Mitchell (from near Motherwell) riding for Cancer research. As a little side note, last March, Ian was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, for which he spent a good part of last year undergoing treatment including both chemotherapy and radiotherapy...and he is really looking forward to doing this ride to raise funds on behalf of those 'worse off' than himself.

The event will start in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle at 8am on Monday, 28 April, and they will ride through all four corners of the UK, finishing back at Edinburgh Castle on Friday, 2 May. Besides Jim, Sean, and Ian, at the moment there are six others doing the entire trip, and then so far around 40 or so meeting up with them at various points along the way and riding shorter sections, as they are able.

The plan is that they will be camping at Durness on the night of May 1st, and then travelling along the north coast to John O' Groats, and south from there on May 2nd. They would be thrilled to be met/cheered/supported/joined for a bit of a ride anywhere along the way (or the Entire way, if anybody is able), and also for sponsorship or single donations. There is also a dinner and auction being held in about a fortnights time in aid of their chosen charities, as well as a raffle with some amazing prizes that have been donated!

More info can be found at:

The Another Way Around main page
Sean Jones' blog page
And Ian's fundraising page

I think that covers everything, but if I've left something out, I'll be happy to answer any questions that I can.