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Iron Butts - Sports Relief 2010

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Red Dwarf star Danny John-Jules and his team mate Graham Hoskins undertake the challenge of a lifetime, motor-biking nearly 7000 miles to circumnavigate the Mediterranean Sea in just 15 days. Graham and Danny will travel through 3 continents, riding across 14 diverse, scenic and often chaotic Mediterranean countries as they cross from Europe over the Bosphorus into Asia, through the Middle East and round into North Africa.  It's an endurance challenge and not for the faint hearted!

To finish the Iron Butts Challenge, Danny and Graham will have to work together to overcome whatever trials face them.  From bad navigation and getting lost, to flat tyres, mad and bad local drivers, mechanical failure, visa and border issues, running out of fuel and cultural differences.

Why Do This?

The team's main aim is to raise money for Sport Relief and secondly to promote the joys of safe adventure motor-biking for everyone.  Graham has a history of undertaking charity motorbike rides - most recently motor-biking endurance challenges such as riding 4000 miles to Moscow and back in 6 days for BBC Children in Need in 2005.  Danny is coming because Graham asked him to come support this great cause!

The Route

Sat Feb 27th

Celebrity send-off from the Motorbike Show at Ally Pally, Channel Tunnel crossing and ride to Reims

250 miles

Sun Feb 28th

Ride through France to Marseille

490 miles

Mon Mar 1st

Ferry from Marseille arriving at 0900 Annaba, Algeria, ride to Tunis or Gabes 

130 miles

Tues Mar 2nd


Depart Tunis/Gabes early, ride to Leptis Magna (Roman remains) near Tripoli

Up to 5 hours required to cross the Libyan border

483 miles

Wed Mar 3rd

Ride to Ajdabiya

460 miles

Thu Mar 4th

Ride to Marsa Matrough

Up to 5 hours required to cross the Egyptian border)

490 miles

Fri Mar 5th

Ride to Cairo, visit Pyramids

400 miles

Sat Mar 6th

Ride to St Catherine Monastery

370 miles plus ferry

Sun Mar 7th

Ride to Nuweibah - ferry to Aqaba, Jordan

Mon Mar 8th

Ride to Damascus, ride the Kings Highway in Jordan

400 miles

Tues Mar 9th

Ride to Aleppo, Syria

400 miles

Wed Mar 10th

Ride Aleppo to Ankara, Turkey

450 miles

Thu Mar 11th - Sun Mar 14th

Ride Ankara to Calais

Possible quick stops at Istanbul F1 circuit,

2100 miles


TOTAL (assuming no-one gets lost and no detours!)

6423 miles


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Recent donors

10.05.10 Well done guys. The 'trannie' will look great all kitted up in reception!


26.03.10 From friends and family of the Hoskins who gave very generously on Michelle's auction of promises

25.03.10 Well done guys, looking forward to hearing all about it!


22.03.10 This money was donated by Ann and Russell - Rona - and Maggie and Bob Hill

21.03.10 Well done effort

21.03.10 Good luck boys. A really good cause. Bellza

14.03.10 Well done you two - what adventures - but pleased you are on your way home !!!

09.03.10 Just read your blog, wow!

09.03.10 I know you can do it, you are always ready to help others just like you've helped us. Good Luck Heather & Philip Good xxx

08.03.10 Watching you every step of the way bruv! Proud of you xx



04.03.10 Amazing effort from both of you - good luck and have fun!

02.03.10 Big up me Nan from Da Bingo Crew yo! I'm so sorry, wrong voice there. Good luck mate and don't loose your bank card eh! You inspre, even at your age :)

01.03.10 Good luck lads

27.02.10 Good luck guys!! I'm sure you're gonna have a fantastic time!! :)

27.02.10 Good Luck , really wish I could come. Me and the kids are big fans of Red dwarf and I bought new transalp last April and love it. Drive safe the Gabbott family Brodastairs

21.02.10 Good luck with the ride and ENJOY it

18.02.10 Best of luck on your ride! This is a lovely thing you guys are doing.

11.02.10 See you at the Ace for Bacon Butties when you get back! Have fun and ride safe.

11.02.10 Good luck guys, it's a wonderful and brave thing you're doing. Love Mimi xx


Running total

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Last donor:
Fiona Cole - Honda (UK)
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