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Tony Rathbone

Tony born in Blackheath, London. Moved North 1934 may even have been 1933, to Patterdale, then Rusland near Satterthwaite, next north Wales for less than a year, next Braithwaite 1939- 1944 next Newlands then Keswick. The bailiffs are still looking for us.. My saying is "their is now no one left who can remember me arriving, so they think I am local"

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Billy Skipper

I live North-East of England in South Shields,my main hobby in life is Motorcycling touring, mainly long foreign hauls. I have done many trips mainly solo but a couple two's up with my wife.One of the best of was a ride up passed the Arctic circle and on to the top of Europe Nord-Kapp, which is the most northerly tip on Norway and Europe. Which makes for a 3500 mile run (round trip) once you get off the ferry.

I have in the past visited Zargreb, Morocco. twice once as early as 1996 it is my joint favorite destination on a motorcycle,a total different culture a different world,

Recent trips have included India and the highest motorable road in the world, then a long overland haul to Chernobyl, Ukraine

Despite a accident in Holland in 2003 in which the bike was a write off, it never once put me off what I enjoy.

Since then I revisited an old pastime of mine of walking, A long term ambition was to do a long distance walk, something I have fancied since buying Wainwright Pennine way book back in 1976. In 2007 I completed the Coast to Coast walk completing just on 200miles. This was followed in 2008 by the West Highland Way.

Also in 2007 was another ambition complete by finishing a degree at Sunderland University in Business Computing, having left school at 16 it a challenge complete. Okay a little boast but to save asking I did get first class honours.

One of my greatest memories shall always be the flight in Concorde which came shortly before it was taken from service.

A new section has just been added, cycle power in 2009 and this would involve a trip across the country completing the Hadrian Cycle Way , and now look what happened.

After loose lip talk I said yes I have just bought a bike and would love to do LEJOG.

Nothing has worried me more than the preperation in fitness required to complete such a venture. Not sure if I am worrying too much, time will tell.