A TEAM of brave cyclists are set to embark on a journey of a lifetime – even climbing a mountain when they get to the end – all in the name of charity.
Danny Withers, William Chisholm, Robert Shepherd, who are all from Marchington, and Marcus Womersley, from Cheadle, are cycling from Stafford to Wales on Saturday ready to climb to the Snowdon summit on Sunday in a bid to raise vital funds for the Katharine House Hospice.
They will start at the hospice, in Stafford, before heading through Shrewsbury and finishing the first day in Pen Drew, a small village outside of Bala in North Wales, covering 70 miles.
On Sunday they will set off at the crack of dawn and plan to reach the summit of Mount Snowdon by 2pm the following day by using the Watkin Path.
The group, who are all aged 18 or 20, chose the charity after a member experienced its work first hand when it looked after a relative and are hoping to raise £1,000 for the cause. So far they have raised around £550 with more money promised to them when they complete the challenge.
Mr Chisholm said: “It is quite a severe path we have chosen but one of us is quite an avid mountain climber so we will be relying on him.
“The weather conditions have been a bit dodgy recently so if it is bad we will only be able to go up so far as it becomes too dangerous but we are planning to climb to the summit.
“It will be a bit of a challenge but we have done a lot of training in terms of going to the gym and practice bike rides so we are pretty confident.
“None of us have done this kind of mileage before in one go but we have done 30 to 40 miles in a weekend.
“We wanted to raise money for a charity that we knew of and that is local.
“One interesting fact is that over the 115 mile route we will burn more than 11,000 calories each - that's equivalent to about 18 big mac's.”
Anyone wanting to sponsor the team to help the Katherine House Hospice can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/stafford-snowdon-cycle