Sugar Run 2016

A MOTORBIKING couple have set off on an 8,500-mile road trip to Russia to raise awareness of diabetes.

Gert van Kerkoerle, 45, left Colchester to embark on the two-month adventure which will take him and girlfriend of five years Katrin Dittrich through Holland, where he grew up, Germany, Poland, Belarus and then to Russia.

Problems with Mr Kerkoerle’s eyes lead to him being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 10 years ago. Since then, the motorcycle enthusiast has sought to combine his 27-year passion with a desire to bring more attention to the killer disease. The pair will travel on separate bikes with a Diabetes UK-branded sidecar in tow The pair also plan to visit Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland on their way back to England for June 16.

Mr Kerkoerle, who restores vintage Land Rovers from his Great Bentley garage, said: “We undertook a trip to the North Cape and Arctic Circle in 2014 to raise awareness of diabetes and are really excited to be undertaking an even bigger adventure.

“It has taken a lot of organising. It is entirely self-funded but we’re looking forward to meeting lots of people to raise the profile of the condition and the charity. “People think life stops once you have diabetes and I like to show them different. “

Camping is not very popular in Russia and on days where, for example in Poland we rode 300 miles in the rain, a hotel room is a nice treat, especially a warm shower. “Hotels in Russia are on average £12 for the two of us with breakfast. “We also plan to link up with organisations associated with diabetes.”

About 15 Essex businesses have sponsored the Sugar Run, including LW Fitness, Impact Coatings, Colchester Breakers and Percival


Teresa Strange, Diabetes UK eastern fundraiser, said: “Gert is inspiring. He is committed to combining his love of motorbikes with raising awareness of diabetes. “

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  • Land Rover Discovery
  • First registration: 1992
  • Mileage: 196269
  • MOT 04/2016
  • Thule roof bars
  • Durite split charge relay (for charging auxiliary battery)
  • Small solar panel charging auxiliary battery
  • Silicon inter-cooler hoses
  • X-brake handbrake conversion
  • Reconditioned gear box and transfer box
  • Stainless steel exhaust
  • New water pump
  • New side seals
  • New front inner wings
  • Rear load space fully lined out with aluminium chequer plate
  • Additional aluminium storage boxes behind seats
  • Tank guard
  • Front bash guard
  • Safari snorkel
  • Rock sliders on site with steps
  • BF Goodrich tyres, almost new
  • 2
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Prom Unusual Vehicle Hire

Looking for unusual transport to your Prom or Wedding? Then why not travel by military Humvee.

Wedding Transport with a difference Unusual Prom Vehicle Hire Humvee Prom Hire
Hunvee Hire

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  • 5 speed diesel Land Rover 200TDi
  • first registration: 1991
  • mileage: 310,969
  • new MOT
  • front spot lights on roof (not connected)
  • A-bar with spot lamps
  • dog guard
  • original Land Rover seat covers
  • adjustable tow bar
  • good runner & reliable Land Rover, excellent work horse
  • clean inside
  • lots of history and all service paperwork included

Selling on behalf of a customer.

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RB44 ex Military vehicle (SOLD)

The rb44 is in very good condition and comes with new mot for a camper. The vehicle has only done 5540 miles and is as new, year 1992(tbc), new batteries (12/24 x4) and working diesel heater in radio box.
We originally bought it to go traveling with, hence the camper mot. The reason why we chose the rb44 was that it is quite compact
Compared to other 4×4 trucks, it is a lot easier to get on to campsites and in the towns. The ferry prices are more acceptable as well

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Land Rover 300TDi Discovery, 1998 (SOLD)

Land Rover 300TDi Discovery, 1998

with the following specifications:
MOT until November 2015
2.5 Diesel
4 new tyres
rear tinted windows
tow bar
ideal for towing a horse box or caravan
very clean inside
the only negative point is the sagging headlining


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Harley Davidson 1200 Electraglyde 1977

Selling on behalf of a customer

Harley Davidson 1200 Electraglyde 1977

HD Electraglyde 1200 for sale


1 year’s MOT will be provided with the bike

No tax but can do that for you if you want to ride it away……to be added to cost

As you can see, it’s a genuine, ridden bike that’s been looked after but not an anally polished toy


New Battery

Electronic ignition

Almost new tyres

Lots of extras

Leather saddlebags also available

Bike is in Colchester but can be delivered for cost of fuel

Inspections welcome but no test rides unless full money left as deposit and proof of insurance is seen.

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  • Complete With Mach 5 Wheels With 265/75/16 Bf Goodwhich At Tyres
  • Converted To 200tdi From 2.5 Turbo Diesel
  • Land Rover Has Been Welded On Chassis (As You Would Expect From Land Rover This Age)
  • New Half Shafts On Rear Axle
  • New Track Rod Ends And Track Rod Links Fitted
  • Doors Need New Bottoms
  • Bulk Head Shows Small Signs Of Wear & Tear
  • Electric Fan With New Thermostat
  • Has ITG Air Filter
  • New Battery
  • New Gear Stick Gater
  • Cubby Storage Box
  • Brownchurch Cab Roof Rack
  • New Lights On Front (Head Lamps, Indicator And Side Lights)
  • All Spot Lights Are Working
  • New Light Switch And Hazard Light Switch
  • New Canvas Top
  • Lovingly Hand Painted In Army Dessert Sand (By The Missus)
  • New MOTGood Working And Reliable Land RoverYou can contact us via email should you have any questions.Please note that the land rover is advertised elsewhere and we therefore reserve the right to finish the advert at any time.
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G60 Challenge Land Rover

G60 Challenge 110 Duratorq

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We’ve been tasked with undertaking some work and getting an MOT on this beast.

Hummer at Land Rover Specialists JA4x4

Hummer at Colchester Land Rover Specialists JA4x4

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