If the prospect of spending four days in the saddle leaves you cold with fear, then spare a thought for a group of Essex Young Farmers who cycled the 315 miles to this year’s Annual YFC Convention.

After setting off from their headquarters near Great Leighs on Monday (23 April), the 21-strong group made it to Torquay by 2pm on Friday (27 April). So far they have raised around £9,000 for three charities – Overcome (ovarian cancer support), Essex YFC building project and the Downs Syndrome Association.

The latest challenge follows on from the recent Great Grain campaign and organiser James Balaam was confident the group could reach the £10,000 target. “We cycled up to Blackpool in 2000 and raised £3,000. We hope to reach £10,000 soon.” The money will be split equally among the three charities, he said.

“We need to raise £350,000 for our new headquarters. We’ve raised £97,000 since October, so it’s going well.”

One member of the group actually managed the trip in just two and a half days, only to return to Essex immediately to play in a rugby match, Mr Balaam noted.