The Challenge

2019 will see the seventh running of “The Longest Day Down”, and the fourth time it will be run “Upwards”.

In total, The Longest Day Down has raised over £100,000 so far for Cancer Research UK over the last six events, deciding to run the event again has been an easy decision..

The basic format of the event has proven to be very popular and will remain the same for 2019.

LDD19 will again be run from Lands End to John O’Groats. After careful consideration, and lessons learned, specifically regarding the facilities available at each end of the route, the basic plan is as follows

As with previous years, places will be awarded on a first come first served basis. A non refundable deposit of £100 per rider guarantees your place.

In the meantime, to register your interest in either taking part or volunteering to help host LDD19, email John McAvoy at

The Cost

£300. Includes Hotel accommodation at Lands End and John O'Groats, Packed lunches, van and minibus support on route, transportation of any luggage from LE to JoG, route maps, “Pit Stops” on route, food and hospitality on arrival, commemorative T-Shirt & stickers, organisers liability insurance.

The machines...

In a word “cheap”…

Bought, prepared, legal and ready to ride for no more than £300 NOT INLCUDING tyres, Tax and MOT, paid for out of each participants own pocket. Ebay and Gumtree have taken a hammering, phrases such as “spares or repair” and “unfinished project” have been key.

There’s been everything from a 50cc monkey bike who’s rider genuinely believed will complete the challenge of two tanks of petrol, negating its’ inherent lack of speed to amazingly, and worryingly, cheap sports bikes.

Disclaimer/Legal stuff....

The Longest Day Down Challenge is NOT a race. The organisers do not condone any riders breaking the law whilst undertaking the challenge, the challenge can be completed without the need to break any laws. An endurance event is inherently risky by its very nature. All of the participants are grown adults (allegedly) who recognise that they undertake the challenge at their own risk and the organisers accept no liability for any injury or damage that may occur as a result. Participants to make their own way to Lands End to be greeted on arrival from 2pm onwards on Thursday 20/06/19, the ceremonial start will take place at 5pm. Following this at 7pm there will be the compulsory rider briefing, and then a meal at the Hotel in Hayle. List of bike transport companies can be provided (including our own vans) with preferential rates negotiated.

Cancer Research UK

Everyone knows family members, friends or even themselves who’ve been affected by this horrible disease. Cancer Research UK is leading the way in understanding the cause of cancer, the treatments and providing support for those dealing with cancer. Please give generously!

"What do you think the toughest part of the challenge will be? Yorkshire" - Nigel CBR600