Kettering man’s record rickshaw bid

Dean Hill, Martin Wannell and Kettering man Matthew Gathercole are cycling from Land's End to John 'o Groats in a rickshaw
Dean Hill, Martin Wannell and Kettering man Matthew Gathercole are cycling from Land's End to John 'o Groats in a rickshaw
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A Kettering man is tackling a well-worn path between Land’s End and John O’Groats using a unique form of transport.

Matthew Gathercole, who works at Tesco’s Daventry Distribution Support Office, is being joined by two colleagues on the 1,000 mile trek - which they will complete in a rickshaw.

The team, including Dean Hill and Martin Wannell, is setting off from Land’s End on September 5 and they expect to take about 10 days to complete the trip.

They are raising money for Diabetes UK and will take it in turns to cycle the rickshaw while their team-mates relax in the back.

The unusual challenge could also see them enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest rickshaw trip – which currently stands at 852 miles.

Matthew said: “This is going to be an incredibly tough challenge, but the thought of breaking a World Record will keep us motivated and more determined to finish.

“Our families, friends and colleagues think we’re mad, but they have been really supportive and have helped us raise over £4,000 already.

“We’re hoping to raise thousands of pounds to help support people with diabetes and those at risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.”

Peter Shorrick, midlands regional manager for Diabetes UK, said: “The Rickshaw Challengers have come up with an exciting and demanding trip, they’ve certainly got their work cut out.

“We are really grateful for their fantastic fundraising efforts; the money they raise will help us support some of the millions of people in the UK with diabetes. We wish them the best of luck.”

To sponsor the Rickshaw Challengers visit www.justgiving.com/Rickshaw14. The team is hoping to raise £10,000.

Follow their progress on Twitter @Rickshaw2014.