Binmen and other SITA UK employees cycled from Berwick to Alnwick and then on to Hexham on the Northumberland leg of their Big Ride across the country.
The cross-country cycle relay set off from Stoneyhill, near Aberdeen on May 12 and will finish at St Erth in Cornwall in five weeks’ time.
The winding 2,400-mile route, designed to include as many of SITA UK’s facilities as possible, makes the journey almost three times as long as the traditional Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle route of 874 miles.
Nearly 300 members of SITA UK staff are taking part to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, its charity of the year. Nearly £20,000 has been raised so far.
All participants have been given a day off work to participate in the event and have been encouraged to raise at least £50 in sponsorship.
SITA UK chief executive, David Palmer-Jones, said: “Unfortunately, cancer is something that affects us all, which is why, as a company, we have chosen to give something back by attempting to raise enough money to fund a Macmillan nurse for a whole year.
“We decided on The Big Ride because we wanted to stage an event that would encourage collaboration between our numerous sites, include a large majority of our nearly 6,000 strong workforce in one way or another and promote a healthy lifestyle.”