17 November 2009
Eight Hereford boys (plus one!) have cycled the length of the country to raise over £6000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Alex Clark, James Ford, Ben Guy, Sam Guy, Andrew Osbourne, Sam Wilson, James Forward and Ben Bridgewater were joined by Ben’s dad David on the epic cycle.
Pulling into Lands End at 2pm on September 1st, the boys had cycled a total of 961 miles in just 11 days – with the 121 miles between Manchester and Hereford being covered in a single day! And if that wasn’t enough of an achievement, they far exceeded their fundraising target of £4000, meaning that even more people affected by cancer will be able to benefit from their hard work.
They were sent off on their challenge in style, with a send-off party at Hereford Rowing Club, which raised almost £1,000 and featured several members of the team braving a waxing to streamline for the ride ahead. Sam Wilson ended up streamlining even further during the ride itself, as he offered to shave his head if £100 was donated to charity. With three days left to ride and the total well into the thousands, Sam suddenly became a lot colder!
Despite punctures, injury and a crash – and even a stolen bike during their training – the ride was a great success, with many of the boys keen to take up the challenge again. Alex Clark said:
'It really was a fantastic experience, despite the rain and wind. People's generosity has been vastly appreciated.'
If you want to sponsor the boys, it's not too late as their JustGiving page is still open. You can find it at http://www.justgiving.co.uk/epic-cycle .