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Surveyors get on their bikes for epic highland challenge

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(L-R) Matthew Wackett and Rob Prescott

Two colleagues from property consultancy, Cushman & Wakefield’s Manchester office are set to undertake a gruelling bike ride which will see them cycle around the Scottish Highlands non-stop.

Matthew Wackett and Rob Prescott, both based in Manchester, are hoping to raise £10,000 for The Seashell Trust, a Manchester-based charity which supports children and young adults with complex and severe learning disabilities.

The ride will start on 14 July and follows the North Coast 500 route, a 518-mile route which skirts around the rugged coastline of the Scottish Highlands. It is expected that Matthew and Rob will be riding for around 35 – 40 hours in total with only minimal stops to re-supply food and water.

They will begin their challenge at Inverness Castle and will take in the villages and towns of Ullapool, Durness, John O’Groats and Dornoch, following a route that adventure cyclist Mark Beaumont and ex-professional cyclist James McCullum have both taken to complete the challenge.

Matthew Wackett said: “As daunting and physically and mentally demanding as this challenge is likely to be, the prospect of seeing those children at The Seashell Trust benefit from the money raised will make it all worthwhile.”

Rob Prescott added: “I’ve never contemplated doing anything like this before and I’m still trying to get my head around the distance, but that’s part of the attraction of this challenge!”