LONDON Four electronics manufacturing industry specialists are planning to ride from Wiltshire to the tip of the Isle of Wight on bikes to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity. With a combined age of 172, the group claims that training is already aging them at a rate of a year a week.
Dave Wallis, Mark Johnson, and Matt Jenkins all work at eXception EMS in Calne, Wiltshire, while Mark Hancock is at Carsem at Wootton Bassett a few miles up the road. All four are setting off on their bikes to the Isle of Wight on July 14, hoping to raise money on behalf of the charity.
The trip will take them 70-80 miles south to Lymington on the first day where to stay with Brian Way, who previously worked in the electronics industry and nows run a B&B at Everton which will be the groups base for three days. The following day it's the ferry to the IOW, a trip to the most southerly point and back. The third day sees the group home to complete its 180 miles expedition.
For Wallis, a Swindon Town supporter of many years and a columnist in his local newspaper, the event will serve a dual purpose. “Relegation to League Two last season was a bitter pill to swallow. 180 miles of pain might help to erase the memory” he commented. For more information on the trip and how to donate email the group.
In training (from left) are Dave Wallis (with Swindon Town shirt) , Mark Johnson, Matt Jenkins and Mark Hancock.