Trail-blazing fundraising success for cyclists from Boston and Kirton

Coast to Coast cycle challenge for Cancer Research UK. NA

Coast to Coast cycle challenge for Cancer Research UK. NA

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TRAIL-BLAZING cyclists from Boston and Kirton have raised £8,500 for charity after cycling across the country.

Six cyclists rode their bikes across the width of the UK, cycling coast-to-coast and raised more than £8,500 for Cancer Research UK.

“It was an incredible event,” said Steve Elwood, of Kirton, one of the six riders. “We all feel immensely proud of what we have achieved both in terms of the physical challenge but also the amount of money raised.”

The team started out from Runcorn Bridge on the west coast, rode through the Penines and finally peddled into Kirton Marsh 12-and-a-half hours later.

Part of the tough coast-to-coast route saw the team cycling at a staggering height of 1,690 feet, resulting in several ‘sore bits and pieces’ as they arrived back home.

“All of us got through it despite some very serious hills,” said Steve.

He added: “Overall it was a great day and a great sense of achievement.”

The other five members of the team were Alan Sharpe, Anthony Luto, Kenny Doig, Asa Elkington and Jez Hyland.

They were accompanied on their journey by two support vehicles driven by Simon Horniblow and Andrew Walker who provided food, drink and encouragement on route.

Chloe Higgins, area volunteer manager for Cancer Research UK, was delighted to hear of the team’s success.

She said: “We are extremely grateful to Steve and the team for taking on such a huge challenge to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.”

“Without the support of teams like this Cancer Research UK just couldn’t continue this life-saving work, so thank you.”

Donations can still be made at: www.justgiving.com/stephen-elwood