32 Marathons on 22 wheels

Billingshurst cyclists
Billingshurst cyclists

A GROUP of friends have taken on a challenge ‘equivalent of 32 marathons’ as they vow to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats for eight different charities.

Cycling 850 miles over seven days will require the 11 cyclists - who are all local to Loxwood - to cover about 130 miles every day from Saturday May 26 to Friday June 1.

A charity has been chosen by each cyclist with an aim to reach an overall fundraising target of £34,000.

The charities included in the fundraising effort include: University of Liverpool Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund by David Williams, Rob McCraken and Dave Hopper, British Heart Foundation by Iain Thompson, UCLH Charity by Graham Nye, Cancer Research UK by Nathan Palmer, CHASE by Ashley Ward, Sands by Alan Speight, and Bliss by Fraser Tusler.

Andrew Speers, who is cycling for Friends of Newick House, said: “I am doing this incredible challenge for my wonderful 11-year-old nephew, Tom, and his fabulous school, Newick House, in Burgess Hill.

“It tirelessly works to improve the lives of children with a wide range of complex learning difficulties and disabilities.

“The team would like to thank Alastair Bell, Lee Hammant and Tom Walder for providing support along the route and to their sponsors, Nicolls Countryside Construction, Pennthorpe School, Ramsac, Datel, and Chiltern IT.”

To donate to any of the charities visit one of their Just Giving pages by searching for the cyclist’s name e.g. www.justgiving.com/AndrewSpeers to donate to Friends of Newick House.