What is JOGLE?

It appears our Just Giving fundraising page title of Ride4OCD JOGLE caused some confusion on our OCD forums. So what is JOGLE? It is the acronym for John o’Groats to Land’s End (JOGLE) and of course the other way around is LEJOG (Land’s End to John o’Groats). Both are a journey of the whole length of the British Isles.

The traditional distance by road is 874 miles (1,407 km) and takes most cyclists nine to fourteen days; it is also a challenge that some runners take up. Off-road walkers typically walk about 1,200 miles (1,900 km) and take two or three months for the expedition.

Two iconic signposts at each end offer the perfect photo opportunity at the start and end of the epic journey, although they are actually commercially owned and you have to pay for a photograph with the personalised lettering. We will make sure we get some good photos this time!

So why are we doing JOGLE over LEJOG? Well the first time we chose the LEJOG route, primarily because we had read that the prevailing winds work in our favour slightly (no idea if that is a myth or not, I guess we will find out). So this time, we are doing it the other way around, and of course making it longer and harder for ourselves in order to maximise our OCD awareness opportunities.

Ashley Fulwood is an OCD sufferer fighting back. He is also the chief executive of the national charity, OCD-UK.

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