Bikers set off on a week-long ride from Bedford in aid of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
Motorbike fans Nobby Clark, Andy Cowley and Neil Taylor are travelling from John O’Groats to Lands’ End.
They were sent on their way from The Embankment by Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson on Saturday.
As part of the send off David Gunns from Bedford’s Gunnery’s Bakery supplied Bedford Clangers, sausage rolls and doughnuts to all those that attended.
The biking team, who have named themselves the Bedford Clangers and are covering around 400 miles a day in the legion’s Compass Ride, were escorted by police from Bedford to the A1 at 9am.
Leading the way is Nobby who had to leave the Army due to injury and plans to raise £2,200 - £1 for every mile.
He has so far secured £618 of his target.
To donate visit his Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/Nobby-Clark-RBLR-Compass-JogLe
Bedfordshire’s community fundraiser for the legion Michael Lewis said: “It is events like these outside of the Poppy Appeal that really help our wounded, injured, sick members of our Armed Forces and their families to live on.”
At the end of their challenge the bikers will be escorted back into the town by police on Friday, July 31, finishing their journey at the war memorial.