Chief Constable puts full force behind Ride To Rio

04 June 2014

Road To Rio team

Northumbria Police Chief Constable, Sue Sim, has put her full "force" behind twenty serving officers and support staff, who have embarked on a charity fundraising initiative in support of the Alan Shearer Foundation.

When England kick off their opening World Cup game against Italy on Saturday 14 June, Police Officer Keith Harbottle and his team of nineteen, will already have completed 10 of the 24 hours, during which they are attempting to cycle the 6,000 mile distance from Newcastle to Rio on static bikes at the MetroCentre, Gateshead.

Keith Harbottle commented:

"Each rider will need to complete 300 miles non-stop. This is an immense challenge of endurance - for the body and the mind."

The epic challenge begins at 1pm on Saturday 14 June and was given the perfect send off by Chief Constable, Sue Sim:

"I'm really, really proud of the team. Local policing is all about supporting communities and this is such a worthwhile cause."

The Chief Constable and the endurance cycling fundraisers were attending a launch event this week at the Alan Shearer Centre, in advance of the four teams pedalling throughout both day and night.

Keith and his team hope that the public will show their support with vocal encouragement during the MetroCentre opening hours, as well as digging deep by buying raffle tickets on the day. There will also be Alan Shearer Centre members on hand to rattle the collection buckets.

One of the "Newcastle To Rio" cyclists, Karen Madge, perfectly summed up the event:

"It is so fulfilling to do something like this for the community, it is why we all joined the police service."

Last year Keith, under the Action4Smiles banner, raised over £4,000 through a series of challenges to help the Foundation provide services and maintain facilities for disabled people and their families who use the Alan Shearer Centre.

You can follow our action hero's blog on the Alan Shearer Foundation website and donate via his BTMydonate page.