Five go mad ... on bikes!

4 September 2013

C2C cyclists

Five Foundation supporters are getting on their bikes - for the first time in ten years - to take on the Coast 2 Coast cycle challenge this Friday!

Hoping that the old saying "it's like riding a bike" will ring true, Paul Brown, Michael Muat, Sam Brice, James Gee and Ed Browne will be pedal powering the 145 miles from Cumbria to Tyneside this weekend to raise money for the Alan Shearer Foundation.

The mates will be taking the weekend to complete the challenge from Whitehaven to Tynemouth - a feat which hasn't been without its obstacles already.

"We have left everything to the last minute and we consequently struggled to arrange accommodation for the second night after the hardest and most gruelling part of the journey! Fortunately some kind soul is letting us sleep on a floor in their schoolhouse," said Paul.

"Although the five of us are very different and are of varied fitness levels, we all have one thing in common: none of us have been on a bike in at least the last decade."

The friends already have fundraising links with charity through taking part in Foundation events, while the café in the Alan Shearer Centre is named after Ed's dad, St Cuthberts Care patron and stalwart supporter, Mike Browne.

"It's a great north east charity so we'd like to support by doing something like this. None of us have done much cycling before so it's a big step up and a big challenge for us!!" added Paul.

The five aim to arrive at Tynemouth on Sunday afternoon. To make a donation in support of their challenge go to their BT MyDonate page.