19 Sep

Around The World In Eight Days

Jonny and James prepare for their adventure

Ok it's not quite the world, but three runners will swap their running shoes for cycling ones next week as they attempt to travel on bike through eight countries in eight days. James Ellis, Jonny Hay and Andy Vernon have all represented Great Britain in running but are relative newcomers when it comes to cycling.

The trip is to raise money for Cancer Research and will see the trio head off from Canterbury to Dover on Sunday (23 September) before getting a ferry to Calais then cycling through Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and finishing in Monaco. Covering almost 900 miles, it will involve one of the hardest climbs in the Tour de France - L'Alpe d'Huez.

James, of running shop Alton Sports, told southerrunningguide.com: "Jonny and I were discussing going away for a break and we thought a cycling trip would be fun. Initially we were going to do it in the UK but we decided to go further afield and thought 'why not try and fit in as many countries as possible?' So we came up with the idea of doing eight countries in eight days.

"We all have solid fitness backgrounds so we're not nervous, but it is the biggest thing we've done on bikes so it should be quite a challenge!"

To donate to their cause visit the Just Giving page or for more information go to the 8 Countries in 8 Days Facebook page.