Land’s End, John O’Groats and back to Bridlington - in 38 hours

Keith Hasler with his MG which took him the full length of the country.
Keith Hasler with his MG which took him the full length of the country.

Most couples decide to do something together to celebrate in their golden wedding anniversary year.

But, possibly because he spent his 45th anniversary playing the tuba all day for charity, Keith Hasler was sent out of the house for his 50th, by wife Margaret

So he decided to hit the road and, with his son-in-law Stuart, complete a non-stop drive from Bridlington to Land’s End to John O’Groats and back to Bridlington in his MG car.

“I often have these stupid ideas,” admitted Keith.

They completed the 1,806-mile trip in just under 38 hours.

Deputy mayor of Bridlington Cllr Mike Heslop-Mullins waved them off at the start at 7.30am and they were back home by 9.15pm the next day.

“It was quite tiring, I didn’t need much rocking to sleep that night,” said Keith.

The challenge was in aid of Leeds-based charity Caring For Life and has raised around £1,500.

“The car is eight years old and MGs don’t have the best reputation but it went like a little dream. No problems.”

The pair took it in turns to drive and sleep, and only encountered a couple of traffic jams and diversions as they racked up the miles.

Keith said: “The nicest stretch of road was around Penrith. It was early in the morning and there were no cars.

“It’s good that me and my son-in-law get on. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”