DAY 12: The last leg of a momentous challenge


The motorhome that has been following the Beijing Biddies Tuk Tuk Challenge team -providing backup and comfortable sleeping accommodation for the four ladies – was generously donated by Glossop Caravans for the duration of the trip.

So the team was delighted to meet up with the lovely staff at Glossop Caravans on Saturday morning for bacon sandwiches, hot drinks and muffins. Brian Laing, one of the company’s managing directors, commended the Biddies for their remarkable determination in undertaking their third and final challenge.

After posing with the Tuk Tuks for group photos, the ladies sat down with coffee to chat to Councillor John Walton, the High Peaks Deputy Mayor, who had come along to meet them. They described the struggles and highlights of the challenge, explaining the surprising reliability of the tiny three-wheeled rickshaws. Over the duration of the challenge, their competence driving these little Tuk Tuks has improved massively, with fewer stalls as they neared the end of the trip – although driving a typical car may now prove to be a bit confusing!

Before setting off for their final night in a campsite, the ladies discussed with motorhome driver, Bill, the possibility of completing the journey back to Penrith in a day and it was agreed to give it a go. So, the Biddies were back on the road, heading for home, to finish their challenge on the 12th day…four days earlier than expected!

The convoy stopped in Kendal for a quick meet and greet with friends and supporters, and just after 8pm, they arrived at their final destination, Penrith, where another crowd of friends, family, and supporters awaited their arrival with cheers.

The team now has one final challenge – to cross the finish line at Cumbria University on Tuesday morning to mark the official end of the charity fundraising trip. Please join them at the Brampton Road campus at 11am to celebrate yet another remarkable achievement in completing their third and final challenge.

Look forward to seeing you there!