Pair aiming to raise £2,500 for North Devon Hospice by cycling from John o’ Groats to Land’s End

A PAIR of North Devon friends are aiming to cycle the length of the country in half the time the challenge usually takes.

Weyland Rance and Arron Watson, who work together at Mole Valley Farmers in South Molton, have set their sites on finishing the epic trip from John o’ Groats to Land’s End in just six days, all in aid of North Devon Hospice.

The duo, who were inspired to jump onto the saddle last year when they cycled from Liverpool to South Molton in support of a colleague, are hoping their ‘end2endin6’ efforts can raise upwards of £2,500.

Weyland, 42, from Landkey said that recently being diagnosed with IBS had given him some perspective of the good work North Devon Hospice does.

“Training’s gone completely to pot,” he said.

“But at the same time it’s a minor thing compared to being diagnosed with cancer. It’s on a whole different scale.

“It has convinced me that I have to do this and it’s given me a tiny taste of having to deal with a change in my life.”

Weyland knows what to expect along the way, having cycled in the opposite direction – from Land’s End to John o’ Groats – in 8½ days in 2006.

And this time he will be joined by 31-year-old Arron Watson from Roundswell.

“At Mole Valley Farmers we have all sorts of initiatives that are all about working as a team,” said Arron.

“You’ve got to challenge yourself and raise some money for a brilliant cause.”

The pair are gearing up for a testing final few weeks of training, before setting off from John o’ Groats on June 15.

To sponsor Weyland and Arron, visit www.justgiving.com/end2end6.