World Record Truck Push - John O'Groats To Lands End

World Record Truck Push Crossing the Tyne bridge in Newcastle. World Record Truck Push I'll never know just how many people watched us from the roadside as thought '...they're nuts'.
But when we spent a few hours in Newcastle with some of the deaf children we were helping, we knew it was all worth it. And besides, we knew we were nuts anyway.
World Record Truck Push Between towns, the only way to raise money for charity was to deliberately slow down the traffic that passed us and ask them to donate. To do that meant standing in the middle of the road while collecting, a dangerous occupation. Sure it made some drivers mad, but this was for charity, we thought it was worth it. World Record Truck Push Standing in the road with collection tins might have been dangerous, but it could be just as bad while you were pushing the truck. Some drivers, while speeding past us, were suddenly compelled to make a donation. But instead of slowing down, they would launch a handful of coins out of their window and speed away.
So when you least expected it, while walking down a quiet road, you could get smacked across the head with 32 pence in small change!
World Record Truck Push Joe Ninety would start to sing and everyone else would join in....
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Oh you'll never go to heaven...
OH YOU'LL NEVER GO TO HEAVEN
In a Jumbo Jet...
IN A JUMBO JET
'Cos God aint built...
'COS GOD AINT BUILT
No runways yet...
NO RUNWAYS YET
World Record Truck Push Sheffield Star - October, 1986
The 5 week Truck Push was turning into a 10 week Truck Push as we were running a long way behind schedule. While training for the push during the previous 3 months, we calculated how far we could travel in a day (I think we could travel 25-30 miles per day). But to continue to do that day after day proved to be impossible.
World Record Truck Push Sheffield Star - October, 1986
Sheffield was home to everyone on the Truck Push, so everyone planned to take a few days off while we were there. But it also marked the halfway point.
World Record Truck Push Sheffield Star - October, 1986
A bit behind schedule, but the Town Hall Reception with the Lord Mayor of Sheffield was waiting for us. It had taken almost 5 weeks to reach Sheffield, the same amount of time we had planned to complete the entire trip! So we knew another 5 weeks were required to reach Lands End.
World Record Truck Push Sheffield Star - October, 1986
Now here's a feel-good story for you....
A husband leaves his wife at home (who's 8 months pregnant) to join the Truck Push. He rushes home to see their new-born baby at the half-way point, then leaves them again to continue with the Push for another 5 weeks. Now that's a dedicated truck pusher.
World Record Truck Push Birmingham City center. Whenever we passed through big cities, we would take a break there and park the truck in the city center. Everyone would then spend the day with collection tins trying to raise money for the Deaf Children's Society.
Curiosity would always attract a lot of people just to talk, and therefore bring more donations.
World Record Truck Push We've only pushed a Truck 800 miles, why are these guys so tired?
World Record Truck Push Joe:
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Oh you'll never go to heaven...
OH YOU'LL NEVER GO TO HEAVEN
In a biscuit tin...
IN A BiSCUIT TIN
'Cos a biscuit tin...
'COS A BISCUIT TIN
Got biscuits in...
GOT BISCUITS IN
World Record Truck Push Bristol City Center. Another day for the team to take a break from pushing the truck and spend the day with collection tins, asking passers-by to donate.
Although some places had refused to let us push the truck through the center of town (I think Bristol was one of them), we would push the truck to the outskirts, park the frame and then drive into the center, thereby not causing any traffic problems.
World Record Truck Push As the truck rolls along level ground, the driver would occasionally have to run the engine to keep the air brakes pressurized. If the pressure was too low, the brakes would switch on automatically, bringing us to a stop.
On rare occasions, the engine would have to be run while we were going uphill, making the pushers mad because anyone who saw this would think we were driving, not pushing. But the truck was NEVER DRIVEN AN INCH, we would all have felt like cheats if we had.
World Record Truck Push With over a thousand miles traveled so far, one of the wheels on the frame finally gave in and collapsed. Everything quickly came to a stop while repairs were made. Luckily we had a few spares and we were moving again in less than 30 minutes. World Record Truck Push After a night of strong winds, the frame was blown over and damaged. After righting it and fixing the sponsors boards, it remained that way for the rest of the trip.
World Record Truck Push Entering Devon in the Southwest of England. Although we were getting very close to the end, it was already November and the weather was getting worse. World Record Truck Push Everyone is wearing their waterproofs for a reason, I think it rained almost every day towards the end.