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Dales biker riding from Keighley to Kathmandu

John Midgley and John Pullan, with their Yamaha 660 Tenere motorbikes John Midgley and John Pullan, with their Yamaha 660 Tenere motorbikes

Two motorcyclists are on a journey of a lifetime to raise money for Manorlands.

John Midgley, of Grassington, and John Pullan, of Oxenhope, aim to ride their Yamaha 660 Tenere motorbikes from Keighley to Kathmandu in aid of the Oxenhope Sue Ryder hospice.

They set off on their 10,000-mile challenge, without any back-up vehicles, at the start of the month and hope to reach their destination in seven weeks.

The route will take them across Europe to Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, China, Tibet – via Everest base camp – and finally into Nepal.

People can follow their progress via a regularly updated blog at theotherk2challenge.co.uk Mr Pullan said: “We chose to support Manorlands as I am a resident of the village and John, although now living in Grassington, was raised in the Brow Moor area. On the personal side Manorlands cared for my brother-in-law Alan Brammah in his final days, but of course we both know and respect the work they do in the hospice and know of families that have been helped by the staff in the past.”

Manorlands fundraiser Hayley Ibbotson said: “Every penny they raise on this fantastic trip will make such a difference to the care we provide. I wish them every success with their challenge and hope they enjoy it.”

People can sponsor the duo at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ourk2challenge

SOURCE: cravenherald.co.uk

Published Date: Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 | 04:26 AM

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