It’s a Long Way Up for Walden Biker as he takes on daunting motorcycle challenge

PUBLISHED: 07:44 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 07:44 11 July 2018

Ian Storey. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Ian Storey. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

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A member of the Walden Bikers has raised £2,000 for charity after taking part in a motorbike ride from Lands End to John O’Groats on the longest day of the year.

2017 rider, Keith Bartlett, and this year's rider, Ian Storey. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY2017 rider, Keith Bartlett, and this year's rider, Ian Storey. Picture: CELIA BARTLETT PHOTOGRAPHY

Ian Storey, from Saffron Walden, bought and repaired a motorbike ridden by another Walden Biker in last year’s ‘Longest Day Up’ event and prepared it for this year’s challenge.

Ian bought the bike for £300, the maximum that participants can spend, and fellow bikers helped him out by purchasing sponsorship patches to stick on his bike in support of the challenge, raising a total of £123.

Ian said: “It started as a bit of fun, and a challenge - the length of the country on one day, on minor roads and a bike that’s seen better days. But I quickly found out how so many people’s families have been affected by cancer, as has our own. I’ve been touched by the stories I’ve heard.

“It went very well - largely. We left Land’s End at 4am Thursday and I got to John O’Groats at 1.40am on Friday, with the £300 bike, having just one breakdown on the way.

“The best bit was going over the new Forth Road Bridge and heading up into the Highlands.

“The worst? On the map, the last (and just getting dark) leg from Inverness looks tiny, but it’s actually 120 miles of twisty, often damp, bumpy road with wildlife hazards and strong side winds.

“The very last few miles were torture, but I was met by my lovely wife, Louise, and friends, and it was all worth it. All 17 riders completed.

“Thanks to the generosity of many local people I raised £1,756 for Cancer Research UK, which is among JustGiving’s top three per cent of 53,599 fundraisers.”

Ian has been invited to a tour of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute to take a look around labs, meet researchers and hear about the progress the charity is making.

Donations can still be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ian-storey2.

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