THEY are donning Lycra to complete a 860-mile charity cycling challenge – in half the time it normally takes.

Four businessmen need to pedal a gruelling 150 miles a day if they are to smash their target of cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in just six days.

They are gearing up to boost the Forget Me Not Trust by raising £10,000 to fund equipment at the new Brackenhall children’s hospice.

They will burn 10,000 calories cycling a strenuous 12 hours each day and will need to eat every 10 minutes to ensure they can finish their mission on time.

Their hilly route will include 35,000ft of steep climbs – making them cycle more than the total height of Mount Everest.

They plan to complete the event – which normally takes about 12 days – in just six.

Organiser James Sutherland, 31, said: “It is a massive challenge. I have been into cycling for about five years but this is the biggest thing I’ve ever done.

“I’ve been getting up at 5am to train and covering about 100 miles at the weekend.

“We hope to raise a significant amount for a cause we are all passionate about.”

James, who is managing director of Huddersfield-based glazing contractors Dortech, has teamed up with his colleague Mark Zimny, 31, along with Andy Bell, of Wates Construction, and Craig Turner, of Senior Architectural Systems, for the fundraising event.

Their route will start at Land’s End on May 28, passing through Taunton, Telford, Kendal, Stirling and Aviemore before arriving at John O’Groats.

They will exist by eating high-energy flapjacks and drinking specialist gel packs every 10 minutes to replenish the calories.

Father-of-two Mark added: “We all have children and understand the importance of the work the hospice does.

“We are hoping the money will pay for five specialist beds.”

The team is now looking for sponsors to put logos on T-shirts, help fund overnight accommodation or sponsor the event.

Anyone who can help can contact or sponsor them at