End to End Challenge

NO TRAINING REQUIRED: Angus McQueen, Jonathon Needs and Barry Rennie gear up.
NO TRAINING REQUIRED: Angus McQueen, Jonathon Needs and Barry Rennie gear up.

A team of Aberdeenshire men are about to undertake the challenge of a lifetime by cycling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats.

The team call themselves NTR (No Training Required) and are made up of Angus McQueen, Jonathon Needs and Barry Rennie.

NTR hope to raise as much money for MacMillan cancer charity as possible by cycling the 1064 miles journey.

Barry explained why: “It was really me that chose the MacMillan charity as my Granny ( Ethel Alexander) has had to fight cancer 3 times now. I wanted to help a charity who helps the family’s affected by cancer.”

They start their journey at Lands’ End on June 30 and hope to be at John O’Groats by July 13. This will give them only 13 days to complete the route.

Barry said: “We are all doing individual training for example going out after work for a 40-50miles bike run. But we have also completed a couple training runs as a team for example we biked from Peterhead to Inverness in a day then biked back to Peterhead the following day.”

“I am really excited about the challenge as I think it will be a great experience and we will see parts of the country you wouldn’t normally visit.”

“But as we get closer I think we are all getting a bit nervous as it is by far the biggest challenge we have attempted and we don’t really Know what to expect when it comes to the route.”

“We chose to do Lands ‘End to John O’Groats because its by far the longest distance we have done and also we thought it would be really good to bike across England and Scotland seeing all the sights.”

Barry told the Buchanie: “The team NTR stands for No Training Required. We sat for hours and couldn’t come up with anything better.”

The team is being sponsored by George Rennie who will drive a motor home alongside the team. He will also assist with any breakdowns, other unforeseen events and provide encouragement and support for team NTR.

He added: “We would just like to give a big thanks to everyone that donates to our Charity.”

If you would like to give a donation to NTR please go to: www.justgiving.com/Barry-Rennie.