Cyclists’ epic ride through all of GB

Alison and Wayne Morrison and Bev and Jon Wright, from Todmorden, will cycle the length of the UK to raise funds for the British Lung Foundation
Alison and Wayne Morrison and Bev and Jon Wright, from Todmorden, will cycle the length of the UK to raise funds for the British Lung Foundation

Forget the Tour de France or the Olympics, this year four Todmordians intend to cycle the length of Great Britain.

From Saturday March 31 until Friday April 13, the quartet will cycle 1,000 miles - the length of the country - for the British Lung Foundation.

Starting at Lands End, each rider will cycle the whole distance, averaging 80 miles per day to reach John O’Groats.

Alison and Wayne Morrison and Bev and Jon Wright set a target to raise over £1,000 after Alison’s mum was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a rare terminal lung disease.

Funding the ride themselves enables all sponsorship to go straight to the charity.

Sponsorship has come from a wide variety of businesses, local people, friends and family.

Endura provided the kit; Vale Cycles contributed bike spares; Sick UK provided a support vehicle; and Marstons Brewery donated £50 and meal vouchers.

As the route will bring the riders through Todmorden on Thursday April 5, the Queen Hotel have agreed to provide refreshments, and will hold fundraising events later in the year.

A big thank you from all the riders go to the staff, students and parents of Ferney Lee Primary school and members of St Peter’s Church in Walsden for the support and generous fundraising.

Thanks also go to Russell and Enid Daniels, who will drive the support vehicle and keep the riders fed and watered (thanks to Willow Water) along the way.