Keep those mowers running. From left - Tony Dwight, Daz Whitehead and Paul Tindall.

A Billingborough family have been involved in an epic 2,200 mile challenge to ride three lawnmowers around the UK.

A Billingborough family have been involved in an epic 2,200 mile challenge to ride three lawnmowers around the UK.

Keep those mowers running. From left - Tony Dwight, Daz Whitehead and Paul Tindall. EMN-150717-155202001

Keep those mowers running. From left - Tony Dwight, Daz Whitehead and Paul Tindall. EMN-150717-155202001

Kevin Grimer from Billingborough was in the support team for the Lawn Way Round challenge which arrived in Sleaford on Wednesday.

The challenge saw Daz Whitehead, Tony Dwight and Paul Tindall (who know each other through lawnmower racing) embarking upon a 2,200 mile journey around every coastal county of England, Wales and Scotland in seven days on ride-on lawnmowers to raise money for Crohns and Colitis UK. They hope to top £4,000.

Darren has colitis, while Kevin, Tony’s wife and dad all have crohn’s disease - debilitating inflammatory bowel conditions.

The stop at Kevin’s Billingborough home marked the end of day five after over 10 hours driving from Northumberland and the 1,500 mile point of the challenge which finished on Friday evening. The whole journey has been promoted online by Kevin’s teenage son, Tom. They were sponsored by lawnmower engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton who provided new engines and a daily engine service.

The mower rider roll into Billingborough. EMN-150717-155223001

The mower rider roll into Billingborough. EMN-150717-155223001

The challenge began in Tenbury Wells, Herefordshire, with the men doing around 300 miles a day at speeds of up to 53mph on their tuned up machines with racing seats, beefed-up brakes and blades removed for safety.

Their motorcycle escort came in handy when one mower broke an axle in Scotland, dumping Paul Tindall upside down. Tony said: “Briggs and Stratton have been brilliant. They sourced all the parts needed to get him back on the road again.”

The trio also received a police escort through the Mersey tunnel and were pulled over on the A1 for a mystified copper to take a closer look at their fully road legal machines. Tony said: “It is the first time I have been pulled over by police and been given money by him as well!”

He said the toughest thing was lack of sleep after up to 15 hours on the road then evenings doing repairs. To donate: www.justgiving.com/TheLawnWayRound or text “LAWN50 £5” to 70070 to donate £5.