24 hour 'Compass Challenge' ride raises over £3k for charity

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Two R5K members raised more than £3000 for Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and 16th Warrington West (1st Burtonwood) Scout Group by attempting to visit all four corners of Mainland Britain in 24 hours.

Labelled the '24hr Compass Challenge', best friends Kai Samlofski and Mark Isherwood left John O’ Groats on July 18 at midday heading for Lowestoft, Suffolk. From there they rode onto St Davids in Wales, before finishing at Land’s End the following day.

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The Compass Challenge lasted over 2000 miles

"We never expected to raise that much," Kai Samlofski, 47, explained. "I really am blown away."

Initially aiming to complete the challenge in 24 hours, a diversion off the M4 motorway at around 4am and bouts of heavy rain meant that the Yamaha Super Ténéré-riding duo actually completed the task in a still hugely respectable 30 hours.

Riding up to Scotland from Cheshire a few days before the run, the plant engineers also tackled the North Coast 500 and visited Dunnet Head – the most northerly point of mainland Scotland. In total, they covered 2614 miles door-to-door.

They had hoped to carry out the ride on June 20 – the longest day of the year – but this wasn’t possible, due to Covid-19.

"The most mind-blowing thing was when we got to the end," Kai continued. "We rolled into Land’s End and I was just like: 'We’ve done it!'"

This was echoed by Mark, 44, who said: "The support was unbelievable. There was post after post to our Facebook page – we wouldn’t keep up with it!

"Coming up that last street to Land’s End was unbelievable."

With donations for their chosen charities continuing to pour in, the pair are leaving their GoFundMe page open until the end of August. They also claim this will be the first of many charity rides.

"We are not stopping now," Mark continued. "We want to do a challenge every year."

Arriving at Land's End after 30 hours of riding


R5K members target UK 'four corners' in 24hr charity ride

First published on 10 November 2019 by Dan Sutherland

Mark and Kai with the scout group

A pair of motorcycling mates are planning to ride to all four corners of the UK in under 24 hours to raise money for charity.

Kai Samlofski, 47, of Newton-Le-Willows, and Mark Isherwood, 44, from Congleton, begin their epic journey at John O' Groats, Scotland, before heading south and east to Lowestoft, Suffolk, west to St David’s in Pembrokeshire, and then south to Land’s End in a ride they’re calling 'The 24hr Compass Challenge.'

"You hear about people riding from John O' Groats to Land’s End in a certain time and I thought that’d be nice, but everyone’s done that, so I thought about doing this instead," Samlofski told MCN.

"I just said to Mark: 'Let’s just do it. There’s nothing stopping us. If we raise some money, then happy days, if we don’t... we’ve still accomplished something.'"

Their ride begins at 9am on Saturday, 20 June, 2020, the longest day of the year and will cover more than 1400 miles – so the pair will have their work cut out to achieve the distance inside the 24-hour time limit.

They're raising money for two separate causes, splitting the total down the middle. Samlofski is riding in support of 16th Warrington West (1st Burtonwood) Scout Group.

His son is in the group and they desperately need new equipment to support the growing membership.

Isherwood will be supporting Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, in memory of his late son who was treated there 10 years ago for a heart condition.

"I’m a big fan of Lyndon Poskitt and he inspired me to tackle this big trip," Samlofski told MCN. "There’s nobody better to emulate when it comes to trying to raise money for the scouts and Alder Hey."

Biking buddy Isherwood added: "We pretty much do everything together on our bikes and so we said we might as well combine it and raise some money for Alder Hey, too. It just seems like a good opportunity to give something back."

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade