Phil Cox, Phil Tynan and Mark Popkiss, in The Big Isle Be Back Challenge.
THREE friends have raised thousands of pounds for a lifesaving charity by completing a gruelling cycling challenge.
Phil Cox, 41, Phil Tynan, 43, and Mark Popkiss, 40, cycled from their home in Wantage, Oxfordshire, to Lymington, caught the ferry to Yarmouth and completed a lap of the Island, before cycling back home — all within 24 hours.
They took on The Big Isle Be Back Challenge in aid of Delete Blood Cancer at the suggestion of their friend, cancer survivor Brian Baggott.
Brian, 40, of Brighstone, had a lifesaving bone marrow transplant after he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.
He joined the team, who have almost hit their fundraising target of £3,500, in a back-up car during the ride.
"Their achievement is phenomenal," said Brian.
Donations can be made until December 21 by visiting https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/bibb2013