Pedal power will propel Norfolk couple along the length of Britain

A couple are pedalling to raise thousands of pounds for four charities.

Fiona Tibbitt and her partner, Steve Lane, are cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise money for Water Aid, Compassion in World Farming, East Anglian Children's Hospices and the Marine Conservation Society.

In preparation for the mammoth challenge Miss Tibbitt has been cycling to and from her home in Antingham, near North Walsham, to her work at County Hall in Norwich every day, which is a 36 mile round trip.

The couple will start the journey on September 4.

Miss Tibbitt, who works as a parks and open spaces office for Norfolk County Council said: 'I turned 40 this year and I wanted to do something significant. I have been training a lot.

'I use the cycle to work scheme and because we live 18 miles away, it's a 36 mile round trip.

'When Steve and I have had time, we have been cycling extra and we covered 110 miles on the weekend. We think we can do it but we haven't had much hill work.'

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They are aiming to complete the ride in 15 days and will carry their tent and cooking equipment the whole journey.

Miss Tibbitt said: 'We will be cycling unsupported and camping, youth hostelling or taking advantage of our mates' hospitality which will hopefully include chocolate, bubble baths and comfy beds.

'We're planning on taking 15 days with the aim of cycling 75 miles a day, six days a week. On our seventh day we hope to stay in a B&B and indulge in a luxurious bath and eat till we drop.'

Miss Tibbitt is hoping to raise �4,000 by the end of the year. So far she has raised a total of �1,800.

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