TWO friends are more than halfway through a gruelling 874-mile cycle challenge aimed at raising funds for two causes close to their hearts.

Suzy Cramb and Debbie Edge are cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats on a tandem and have already raised in excess of £26,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

Their epic mission was inspired by Mrs Cramb’s son who was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer 2.5 years ago when he was 19. Thankfully, he has now recovered and is studying at university.

Speaking from Penrith in Cumbria today (Tuesday), Mrs Cramb, from Wolsingham, County Durham, said: “The support we have had from members of the public has been overwhelming, with people putting money in the box and wishing us well. It hasn’t been easy. The second day was the hardest. We cycled 80 miles and climbed 9,500ft in the pouring rain.”

The friends hope to arrive at John O’Groats at 6pm on Monday. To follow their progress search for Tandem Lejog on Facebook.

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