Rickshaw run underway for friends

Stuart Btown and Scott Heyburn start the rickshaw run SUS-150201-100035001
Stuart Btown and Scott Heyburn start the rickshaw run SUS-150201-100035001

A RICKSHAW journey across India is into its second week for two Aldwick friends.

Stuart Brown and Scott Heyburn are a week into their 1,500-mile-plus ride in aid of charity. Stuart wrote in his blog on Monday: “If only it were a holiday. Stopped off at Cumcolin, near Goa, for a little rest.

“We have been travelling for three days and covered good ground – over 600km. Weather great, people fantastic and made new friends in a lovely location.”

He and Scott left Cochin in south-west India on New Year’s Day. Their destination is Jaisalmere in the north west.

They are travelling in a three-wheeled Bajaj auto-rickshaw to raise £3,500 for three charities.

They are Cancer Research UK and Parkinson’s UK, which have personal connections to them, and the organiser’s charity of Cool Earth. The 44 year olds decided to tackle the Rickshaw Run, with 93 other pairs of contestants, after the idea began as a joke.

They have nicknamed their transport Men-go Chutney and decorated it as a golf buggy.

Stuart, 44, an operations manager for independent schools, said they got off to a good start. A ferry ride was followed by a drive up India’s west coast before they broke down three times – twice because of petrol and then a loose gear handle. The gear problem was soon fixed the next day and they managed 40km in the first hour.

Saturday saw them chat to the occupiers of one of the other rickshaws and pass marches, up to half-a-mile long, for an Indian festival.