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Charity bike ride arrives in nick of time
9:01am Thursday 20th September 2012 in News
A REMARKABLE effort to travel to Budapest, Hungary, in 24 hours has been completed - just in time.
Lee Harrison and his team of motorcyclist completed the 1,276 mile journey from Mascrat Manor pub in Woolston to the Hungarian capital with one minute to spare earlier this month.
He took on the challenge to raise money for Stick n’ Steps, a charity which helps children with brain problems.
Lee’s daughter, Robyn May, aged 11, was born with numerous rare conditions and by age four, her lack of motor skills meant she could not sit up They left at 7pm and after making it down to the Channel Tunnel, were in France by the early morning.
He said: “France, Belgium and the Netherlands were negotiated with just the one fuel stop in the dark and cold on the wrong side of the road.
“Just before daybreak we entered Germany, time was passing quite quickly as were the miles.
“Before we knew it we'd passed Frankfurt and Nuremberg and were approaching Passau on the Austrian border. Fatigue was beginning to hit hard.
“Endless miles on straight roads didn't help the concentration. We entered Hungary and the sat nav showed 250km left to travel in two hours. Anticipated arrival time 18:59!”
Despite being stuck in traffic at an accident scene Lee, from Cinammon Brow, and his team of Jason Mather, Andrew Griffiths, Martin Trump, Dave Smith made the outskirts of the city with the dream still alive.
They were to arrive at the Peto Institute - home of the founder of conductive education Prof Peto who helped develop revolutionary learning techniques for children with brain disorders.
Lee said: “Riding through Budapest traffic like pizza delivery boys in 35 degree heat and entered the gates to the Peto school arriving with 23hrs 59 mins showing on the clock “We had made it with one minute to spare. Exhausted and saddle sore just the ride home now.
“We would like to thank everyone who has sponsored us as the money still rolls in.”
Donations can be made at justgiving.com/Lee-Harrison5.