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Red Dwarf star Sport Relief ride: Blog update

By Emma Sulway -

Touring & travel

 18 March 2010 16:29

Red Dwarf star Danny John-Jules and his co-rider Graham Hoskins have completed their ride around the Mediterranean in aid of Sport Relief.

The trip lasted 15 days and took them across 14 countries in Europe, Asia and North Africa.

The pair set off on the 7000 mile round journey – nicknamed Iron Butts – on February 27th and completed the run two weeks later on March 14th.

“I ache and I’m a little saddle-sore.” Laughs Graham. “But I’m pleased we finished it on time.

"There were points where it was 4:30am and you’re still riding through Tunisia and you’re thinking ‘We’re never going to finish this!’”

The first day of Graham and Danny’s trip was unfortunate enough to be the day when a fatal storm hit France killing 40 people.

“Before this the furthest Danny had been was Brighton. So it was a good introduction to endurance riding for him.”

“The best thing about the journey was definitely the incredible people we met, especially in North Africa and the Middle East. We had tea with people, were invited to eat and had photos taken, and it was usually people with very little.”

Graham estimates their ride has so far raised around £2000 for Sport Relief, but he hopes they can raise much more.

The pair are auctioning off all the gear they used for the journey to help their efforts.

Read the team’s journey blog at www.ironbutts.blogspot.com and donate at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ironbutts

To find out more about Sport Relief or to donate go to www.sportrelief.com