A PRIMARY school teacher has been inspired to cycle 1,000 miles by her cousin - who has just started a tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Laura McCutcheon and boyfriend Andrew Eaves, both aged 26, will be biking from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for Help for Heroes.
The charity is close to Laura’s heart because her cousin, James Hobden, is a bomb-disposal expert, who recently flew out to the Helmand province.
“We were planning a trip anyway, but we decided that we might as well raise the money for the charity along the way,” she said.
“I suppose we started training last October, doing lots of different length rides, so we’re looking forward to getting started.”
Laura, from Monkspath, said that her boyfriend was a bit of a cyclist, but this is the first time either of them have attempted an event like this.
The couple will go the distance on their trusty tandem - pedalling all the way from the Cornish lanes to the Highlands.
All proceeds from the trip will go directly to Help for Heroes, because the pair are funding the cycle themselves.
Setting off on August 9, the couple hope to cross the finish line in eleven-days - averaging 90 miles a day.
If you would like to sponsor the Big Battlefield Bike Ride go to www.bmycharity.com/V2/top2bottom.