THREE adventurous Doveridge cyclists took on an epic ‘three peaks’ challenge, all in the name of raising funds for a cancer support charity.
Terry Whalley, 45, Clive Gilbert, 49, and Sam Read, 46, took to the mountains around the UK on two wheels with friends from London Paul Roden and Ben Broomby and raised £1,950 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The 490-mile ride saw the intrepid five take on Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, battling adverse weather conditions, changing altitude and steep climbs to reach the finish line four days after setting off.
And the team haven’t been put off cycling, saying they are already keen to start planning for next year’s challenge.
Mr Whalley said: “The challenge was born whilst watching the Autumn rugby internationals last year.
“Clive thought it about time we took on a serious challenge and came up with this one.
“It turns out it was 490 miles with 19,000 feet of assent on the bikes with Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis to climb en route.
“The challenge was to be completed in four days with the longest single ride being 175 miles from Maryport to Loch Lomond.
“There were some really long days in the saddle, the longest being from 7am until 11pm.
“We started training around March time, myself and Clive have been cycling about five years. Sam has a history of endurance events. The lads from London had to buy bikes for the event, having done very little cycling.
“To add to this I am type one diabetic, Sam is having a hip replacement in five weeks time and Clive suffers from vertigo.
“During the almost 2500 accumulated miles we surprisingly only had one puncture, but Paul struggled down Ben Nevis and when the sleeper train arrived in London he went straight to hospital as his painful leg has swollen considerably, it turns out he suffered a stress fracture.
“We are pleased to say we all completed the full challenge, which we put down to good preparation and team work.”
Those wishing to sponsor the team should go to www.justgiving.com/3peakspin