A loyal Williams Motorcycles customer is putting on his leathers and taking to the road this month as he heads to Norway to complete the Tromso Midnight Sun Marathon.
Dougie Loynes will ride 10 hours a day over five days, clocking up 2,500 miles as he heads to northern Norway on his BMW R1200GS Rallye.
Departing from the Manchester Town Hall steps on Saturday 11 June, Dougie will have just one day to recover before he puts on his running shoes and takes part in the 26 mile run. The following day, he will then complete the return leg, again over a five day period.
His solo trip is in aid of Cancer Research UK as he looks to raise an incredible £10,000 for the fantastic cause as well as increasing awareness of Cancer clinical trials, self screening and lifestyle adjustments.
Dougie, who is 54 years old, has made various lifestyle changes since signing up to this adventure, including four months of guided training and four months of dieting, which has seen him loose two stone in weight.
The motivation behind Dougie’s epic journey stems from his brother-in-law, Terry, who sadly lost a two and half year battle with lung cancer in January 2016. During that time Terry took part in a number of clinical trials, mindful that the treatments being tested, may not save him, but may go some way to saving someone else.
In preparation for the trip, Williams Motorcycles has provided a thorough service for Dougie’s motorcycle ensuring that it is in the very best condition before he embarks on the mammoth journey and life changing event.
Dougie commented: “Since purchasing my bike from Williams last year I have had many enjoyable journeys around the country, however, my trip to Norway will certainly be the longest to date.
“I really appreciate the support I have received so far and can’t wait to cross the finish line, knowing that I have raised money for a worthy cause close to many people’s hearts.”
Philip McNelis, head of business at Williams Motorcycles, said: “When the team and I heard about Dougie’s plans to ride his motorcycle to Norway and complete a marathon in remembrance of this brother-in-law and raise money for charity, we were truly touched.
“We wish him the very best of luck and we look forward to Dougie keeping us up-to-date on his progress each day.”
To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Dougie-Loynes