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3 friends from the Isle of Wight have successfully cycled Scotland’s North Coast 500 in support of Mountbatten’s ‘Go the Distance’.

Edward Scotcher, Joe Benton and Joe White spent the August Bank Holiday Weekend tackling the 500-mile route, which is usually considered a road trip for vehicles.

However, the Island trio clocked up around 100 miles a day on their bikes to complete the challenge, raising more than £3,300 for Mountbatten.

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Edward, a trainee pilot in the RAF, said:

“It was tough, we were against a strong head wind which slowed us down but we were determined to do it.

“Getting going each day was difficult but we got used to being on bikes for eight hours, though I did keep thinking about all my friends enjoying the bank holiday in the pub.

“But we liked the idea of cycling the route and doing it for charity.

“When we discussed it with friends and family, it was very apparent that between us all, we all knew someone who had been supported by Mountbatten, so it was an easy decision.

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“We are really pleased to have raised so much money.”

The group set off from Inverness Castle on 28th August and returned to the same location last Tuesday. They wild camped each night in-between rides.

You can still sponsor the trio by visiting

In total, more than 80 people signed up for this year’s Go the Distance, raising more than £6,000 for Mountbatten.

Riders were challenged to complete their chosen distance during August.

Matt Hitt, Mountbatten’s Major Events Fundraiser, says:

“Given the circumstances, to have more than 80 people get on their bikes for our cause is brilliant and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part.

“I’d like to give a special mention to the guys who cycled the North Coast 500 for all their efforts – and they would really appreciate some extra sponsorship if anyone would like to donate.”

Competitive cyclist, Harrison Hendy, 10, of Arreton, also took part in Go the Distance to give himself a challenge during lockdown. His mum, Nadine, said:

“He really missed the lack of racing and coaching this year due to COVID, so this was a nice challenge for him and we also knew it was achievable.

“As a family, we have always supported the hospice by doing Walk the Wight and End to End.”

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Well done to all 3 cyclists for their worthy effort for the Mountbatten Go the distance. All deserve the plaudits that they deserve.


The Islanders out on their bikes raising money for the hospice are the same people being vilified in nearly every comments section of a cycling/infrastructure article on this website.

Steven a

The difference is these 3 chaps have done an amazing thing to help a fantastic cause and well done to them. I’m a so called “roadie” and enjoy riding and I have respect for other road users and happy to pull over to let traffic past and stop at lights. But then there are the riders/groups going on a jolly with one aim to antagonise every road user and I work with 2 of them and know a few more and I will not ride with them because of thier aggression and attitude they use riding as a release and… Read more »

Lady Longdown

Not to diminish the fundraisers’ excellent efforts, but I bet they were as welcome in Scotland as the thousands of grockles here, since June, have found themselves. About as welcome as a fart in a scarce ‘phone box! As for Mountbatten : he died years ago, and I think it very pretentious to take his name and twist his intentions to gain kudos. Remember, people, this is the company (sorry, registered charity, my mistake) that tells Mrs. Miggins from Clatter Ford Road that £125 raised for the hospice at her garden party ain’t big enough for them. ‘Not high profile… Read more »

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