Pendle Peddlers complete Land’s End to John o’Groats trek

Alex Cran (left) and Darryl McLean from Silentnight cycled from Land's End to John o' Groats for the Dreams Come True charity. (S)
Alex Cran (left) and Darryl McLean from Silentnight cycled from Land's End to John o' Groats for the Dreams Come True charity. (S)
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Two Silentnight colleagues successfully switched from crunching numbers to grinding gears when the cycled 976 miles from Land’s End to John o’Groats.

Finance Director Alex Cran and Finance Controller Darryl McLean, known as the Pendle Peddlers, raised more than £2,500 for the Dreams Come True charity which is dedicated to helping children with life-limiting illnesses to fulfil a dream.

The pair took 10 days to complete the gruelling near 1,000 mile trip and well exceeded their initial £1,000 target.

Alex and Darryl were joined by Commonwealth hopeful Amy Gornall (19) from Leigh to Bowness, whom the bed maker is sponsoring for 2016.

Amy cycled 25 miles with the pair, giving the cyclists the extra boost in spirits that they needed on the long journey. 
Speaking about the event, Darryl said: “My personal high point was seeing my family at the end of day five and then the overwhelming sense of achievement when we saw the ‘Welcome to Scotland’ sign as we reached the end of the challenge.

“Meeting Amy was wonderful and she was kind enough to ride slowly at our pace.”

Alex added: “One of my highlights has to be climbing over the two ski resorts of Glenshee and the Lecht.

“The descent down the other side was awesome.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support and hope that the money raised will help to bring moments of joy into the lives of many children.”