Live updates

'Beijing Biddies' prepare for adventure to the Arctic

Edwina Sorkin back in the driving seat. Credit: ITV Border

A group of women are setting off on an epic driving challenge from Carlisle city centre.

The self-styled 'Beijing Biddies' drove from Cumbria to China in just 29 days two years ago to raise money for charity.

The team of five women are now set to start their 2,700-mile journey to the Arctic from the Old Town Hall where the mayor of Carlisle, Councillor Steve Layden, will wave them off alongside family, friends and supporters.

The women aim to drive to Nordkapp, 350 miles inside the Arctic Circle, in the toughest winter conditions to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Advertisement

Beijing biddies left for China this morning

Two intrepid women have set off from Cumbria this morning on an epic fundraising mission.

Edwina Sorkin and Kate Sleath have dubbed themselves the Beijing biddies and set themselves the challenge of driving from Tebay to China in thirty days.

On their journey they will cover an incredible eight and a half thousand miles.

We sent Ryan Dollard to see them off:

Beijing biddy: 'It's the drive that matters not the age'

An epic journey began in Cumbria this morning.

Edwina Sorkin and Kate Sleath are driving from Tebay to China unaided and unsupported. The duo are hoping to raise £150,000 for cancer charities.

The grandmothers, who call themselves the Beijing biddies, aim to complete the challenge in thirty days.

Edwina says it doesn't matter what age you are:

Beijing Biddies' big adventure begins

The women will travel through Europe and Russia before reaching China Credit: ITV Border

Edwina Sorkin and Kate Sleath are driving from Tebay to China, unaided and unsupported, to raise £150,000 for cancer charities.

The duo, who call themselves the Beijing biddies, aim to complete the challenge in thirty days.

Well wishers wave the Biddies on their way Credit: ITV Border

Edwina and Kate say getting older should be no barrier to taking on big challenges.

They will travel through Holland, Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, right across Russia, and through Mongolia before reaching their destination.

The duo left Tebay this morning Credit: ITV Border

Advertisement

Beijing Biddies begin journey to China

The Bejing Biddies will attempt to make the journey in 30 days Credit: ITV Border

Two grandmothers from Cumbria are about to drive to China. Edwina Sorking and Kate Sleath, known as the 'Beijing Biddies', will set off from Tebay today.

They hope to raise one hundred and fifty thousand pounds for cancer charities.They'll travel unaided and hope to reach their destination in thirty days.