Two Ayrshire men in their sixties cycled from Land’s End to John O’ Groats in less than two weeks.

Alastair Stewart, 63, and Grant Young, 69, completed the tough 950-mile challenge in just nine days

The Ayrodynamic triathlon club members had planned to take part in competitions over the summer months.

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However, the national coronavirus lockdown instead inspired them to take up the famed adventure of travelling from one end of mainland Britain to the other.

Mr Young also managed to raise over £4000 for Cancer Research UK.

Setting off in a group of eight, the pair climbed a distance equivalent to twice up Ben Nevis on their first day.

They then travelled through Bath, the Cotswolds, Shropshire, and Haydock, and took in sights such as the Severn Bridge in Wales and the Quantock Hills.

The journey through England and Wales was warm and dry but upon crossing the border into Scotland on day 7, the cyclists were greeted by the country’s traditional weather.

According to the men, it was difficult to see the side of the road as they rode through grey clouds and torrential rain.

Despite their best efforts, their hands became too cold and stiff to safely operate their bikes so were forced to stop in the Trossachs.

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The group faced more dismay as the bad weather continued into the next day.

Persistent wet conditions meant they had no chance of spotting Nessie as they approached the Great Glen and Loch Ness.

The final stretch was plagued by a strong wind, poorly surfaced roads, and more heavy rainfall.

Nonetheless, the group made it to John O’ Groats unscathed and celebrated their hard-fought achievement.

They also managed to complete the route it in a shorter time than most as the average time taken is 10 to 14 days.

Donations for the charity fundraising are still active and can be found on the Cancer Research UK website under Grant Young.

The Ayrodynamic triathlon club was set up in 1989 and othey rganise swimming, cycling, and running training and races throughout the