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Biker troop makes it to Budapest with a minute to spare
10:10am Monday 24th September 2012 in News
A MARATHON effort to travel to Budapest in only 24 hours has been completed – just in time.
Lee Harrison and his team of fellow bikers completed the 1,276-mile journey from the Mascrat Manor pub in Woolston to the Hungarian capital with one minute to spare.
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 the age of four her lack of motor skills meant she could not sit up.
The group left the pub at 7pm earlier this month and after making it to the Channel Tunnel, were in France by the next morning.
Lee said: “France, Belgium and the Netherlands were negotiated with just the one fuel stop in the dark 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 had 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 with our concentration. We entered Hungary and the sat nav showed 250km left to travel in two hours. Anticipated arrival time 6.59!”
Despite getting stuck in traffic at the scene of an accident Lee, from Cinammon Brow, and bikers Jason Mather, Andrew Griffiths, Martin Trump and Dave Smith made it to the outskirts of the city with the dream still alive.
Their destination was the Peto Institute, the 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 we entered the gates to the Peto school with 23hrs 59 mins showing on the clock.
“We had made it with one minute to spare. Exhausted and saddle sore we just faced the ride home.
“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.