End to End 2010

For two months in the summer of 2010, the Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle tour coasted around Cornwall, meandered through the Midlands, necked it through the North and spun their way into Scotland – woop!

To find out more about the tour, peruse their tour journal or read their tweets.

Meet the tour team

Sam White

sam white

I celebrated getting a degree in Photography with a cycle tour the whole length of the Rhine River, a good chance to contemplate exactly what I was going to do with the scary and empty expanse of life ahead! Whilst on my degree I focused largely on the environment and realised that I can now throw myself into it and get more involved. Since then I have been on a course in practical conservation, helped run a youth group doing outdoors skills and began volunteered at an Art and Ecology centre helping with many things, especially making tea. I’m still taking pictures and making films, have started putting on exhibitions. The LEJOG tour has got me itching to get on the road again, and it will be great to be involved in a charity making changes!

Louise Laker

louise laker, east coast cycle tour, otesha, cycling holiday

I’m in my second year studying English Lit. at King’s College in London and LeJog will be my second Otesha tour – I’m very excited! I do lots of theatrical and dancey things and my favourite way to relax is to cycle around the Kentish countryside. Since last summer I’ve also started to work for my university with young people in schools. I also like to bake bread, cook eco-friendly mush and drink tea.

Mike Snyder

Mike Snyder

Hi, my name is Mike. I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains in America and did an undergraduate degree there in geology back in 2003. Since then I have been sniffing around here and there, teaching, traveling and working with various non-profit groups in New Zealand, Hawaii, California and Japan. I moved to Scotland three years ago and did a masters degree in environmental sustainability at the University of Edinburgh. I am especially interested in how our experiences (in particular our connection with the wild) transform our consciousness. I am just coming off of a 2,700 cycle tour around Europe and am psyched to get back in the saddle for the up-coming Otesha LEJOG tour!

Ellie McAll

ellie mcall

Hi there! By summer time I will have graduated from Birmingham University with a physiotherapy degree, but I’m originally from Sheffield. Mostly I like running in the peak district, climbing, dancing in fancy dress and baking cakes. I am so very excited to be involved in this epic LEJOG adventure with you all! I think it will be awesome to pedal up the country together, being inspired and inspiring others along the way. Look forward to meeting you soon!

Kerry Lane

Kerry

I am an environmental scientist, who is loving trying to be part of the solution to the worlds problems at the moment. I try to find the positive in everything and I love learning and trying new things such as ‘African horned cucumbers’ from the Heritage seed library or constructing a pole lathe! I have a little bit of experience in a lot of things and a lot of enthusiasm. I am currently very much enjoying ‘european’ music gigs and have just set off my first ever batch of parsnip wine!

Hannah Read

Hannah

I’m currently in my second year studying Fine Art at UWE (Bristol), which is awesome in so many ways, I’m really interested in how we can use art to transform our communities. Trying to find creative ways to connect people back to nature, having fun with each other, playing, sharing our stories and empowering people to make a change, to the way we treat each other and the planet we live on. Originally I’m from beautiful north Dorset, I love the country side and nature in all its forms, as well as the green things in life, I’ve got a lot of time for cooking yummy food, dancing, cycling (luckily!), yoga and meditation to chill my beans! I am mostly just flipping excited for the LEJOG tour this summer…as I will not only be seeing the length of the country on two wheels, pedalling with all these passionate lovely people, but because it’s for a charity that is pushing to make that change we need to see in the world, and inspiring people along the way! Oh Yea!

Becky White

Becky White

I’m in my second Year at the University of Birmingham studying English Literature but orignally from Hertfordshire. I love to dance and have done a lot of community outreach work, dancing with various companies across the UK in collaborative arts projects. I’m really excited about using the arts as a medium for sustainability. I generally have a penchant for the summer time, live music, lots of cake, second hand books and the seaside! Can’t wait for our epic adventure to begin as we peddle along and spread Otesha inspiration as we go.

Beth Sissons

Beth Sissons

Hello! I am just finishing my A levels, art, media and drama, before I head off on my gap year which I want to fill with loads of new and different experiences (and also work out what it is I want to do with my life!! eek!) starting with this amazing cycle tour which combines everything I am passionate about. I love cycling and walking in the countryside or by the sea, being outdoors, camping, being creative, attempting to sew things, playing piano and guitar (badly), reading, photography, learning, travelling, pilates, swimming, and having fun! I’m also really interested in learning to live as ethically as possible and creating positive change through small actions. I am really excited to be a part of this Otesha group and can’t wait to get on my bike and share this inspiring adventure with you all! Yay!

Sarah Hunn

Sarah Hunn

Hi my name is Sarah. I am taking a gap year having completed 2 years of a Geography degree with a minor in Environmental Restoration at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Long story, born in the UK, (in London) brought up in Arizona but as a Canadian citizen returned to go to University. So far I have taken an awesome 6 week backpacking trip in Hawaii learning about the environment and was very excited about getting the chance to return to my home land for 6 months! I am now at Stowe Gardens near Buckingham volunteering at as a gardener until the bike trip. I just love just being outside, especially camping, and I am passionate about helping keep our planet the best it can be! A bit nervous about the biking as I have never done such distances before and I don’t drink tea (or coffee for that matter), but I am looking forward to meeting you all and having a great adventure!

Olivia Furber

Olivia Furber

Hello there! I’m a Religious Studies student at the University of Edinburgh, originally from London but there are no nice green hills there so I headed north in search of pastures green. I don’t like sitting still very much so am generally up for anything that involves moving around (especially rock climbing), hence why cycling the length of Britain sounds absolutely perfect. I’m really looking forward to seeing more of a country I’ve lived in for 21 years but havn’t explored to the fullest and most of all to meeting everyone and learning about how I can live my life more sustainably and help others with the same ambition! Oh – and I love porridge.

Robin Dru

Robin Dru

Hello. This is Robin here. And that’s me in the picture learning how to
make an owl sound with my hands. Just one of the many things I’m looking forward to sharing with you all on our little bike ride this summer! When I’m not being musical, I like getting biological. Namely at university in Bristol. Some other interests include sports: running, swimming, hockey and now, cycling (!); the great outdoors; formal introductions; talking about the weather; cider and other good stuff like that. Judging by what other people have written, it seems like I’m in good company. I just know this trip will be a really positive experience and I can’t wait to get started.

Ruth Clark

Ruth Clark

Hi my name is Ruth and I will be graduating this year (whoo) with a degree in Ecology and Conservation. I had a number of jobs before I decided to further my education, including retail, photography, dental technology, bar work and the odd delivery service! Looking for something more meaningful I decided to try and save the world. I’m from Canterbury in Kent, which is great for walking, cycling, (scrumping), beach combing and general being outdoors stuff. I like to be as green as possible but I must admit I struggle sometimes! Really looking forward to exercising my brain power to help with this worthy cause and get some experience of living in a sustainable and ethical way. Not to mention some seriously toned legs.

Thalia Eccles

thalia

Hi, my name is Thalia and I am a third year History of Art student at Oxford Brookes, what ever that might tell you about me here’s the rest: I love being on my bike and think it is definitely the best way to get around. My other love is books; I am never without a book and am never happier than when I am curled up with a gripping story. My other love is plants – especially edible ones – and naturally I love cooking them too. Spending a drizzly day on the allotment to come home to home cooked food is my idea of heaven. I’m sure cycling in drizzle and setting up camp will be too! My eco credentials are fairly short, and other than the usual childhood obsession with helping small animals I have only really become aware of Climate change, food issues, and sustainable agriculture… in the last few years through ‘People and Planet’ and my great friends at Uni. So, I am looking forward to meeting all of you and having exciting discussions and a bit of Utopia fantasising…