Breathless solo effort from 2500-mile challenger

A Moray motorcycle enthusiast is set to take on a solo challenge he hopes will raise vital funds for the British Lung Foundation.

Steven Webster is well into planning for a 2500-mile trip from John O’Groats to Lands End – with the difference that he will not be following any traditional direct routes.

The fact that Steven plans to set out in February, when road conditions are hardly likely to be ideal, is challenging enough – but he aims to take a meandering route that will allow him to visit a variety of sites on the east and west coasts.

Steven called at the Keith pop-up shop currently being run by insideMoray to talk about why he is taking on such a daunting solo challenge.

He said: “The chosen charity I am fundraising for is the British Lung Foundation (BLF) who deal with the many forms of lung disease.

“They also help promote awareness within lung damaging problems such as smoking or asbestos and support suffers of Lung diseases with ‘BreathEasy’ clinics set up to help with improving lung health.

“I’ve chosen this charity due to the ongoing genetic family problem of lung disease such as COPD and Emphysema.”

Support has arrived for Steven’s challenge with companies familiar to bikers such as Visorcat, Tutoro, BLD Group, MOB and Racevisors already offering their support.

Steven said: “I’ve also have an online donations page via JustGiving where people can donate – they can also text from their mobile phones to donate as well, while sponsor sheets can be given on request.”

Steven is yet to confirm his meandering route but it is likely to start at John O’Groats before heading down the west coast stopping off at such as the BLF Head Offices on the way to Lands End. He will then take to the south coast and head north again up the east coast.

He said: “My fuel bills and accommodation will be met at my own expense and so I’m hoping that I can raise around £2000 for the BLF.”

Readers will be able to track Steven’s progress towards and during the challenge via insideMoray and can also check his efforts via Facebook, Twitter and JustGiving.

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