Group of pub regulars take on charity cycle challenge


A group of pub regulars will cycle the length of Hadrian’s Wall to raise money for charity. The group, from the Delaval Arms, Old Hartley, will cycle the Hadrian’s Cycleway, a route of around 180 miles from Ravenglass in Cumbria to Seaton Sluice, to help the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS). Last year, team members completed the Coast to Coast route, from Workington to Seaton Sluice and donated around £5,000 to two other charities. Jane Clark, of Seaton Sluice, who is one of those taking part, said: “Great pubs are not only places for good food and beer – they can be where big ideas bring many different people together and achieve amazing results.

A group of pub regulars will cycle the length of Hadrian’s Wall to raise money for charity.

The group, from the Delaval Arms, Old Hartley, will cycle the Hadrian’s Cycleway, a route of around 180 miles from Ravenglass in Cumbria to Seaton Sluice, to help the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

Last year, team members completed the Coast to Coast route, from Workington to Seaton Sluice and donated around £5,000 to two other charities.

Jane Clark, of Seaton Sluice, who is one of those taking part, said: “Great pubs are not only places for good food and beer – they can be where big ideas bring many different people together and achieve amazing results. The Delaval Arms is just such a place. The camaraderie, fun and physical test of the cycle ride made us look for another one.

“We strongly believe in helping local charities, and the decision this year was to raise money for GNAAS, a resource that we all massively appreciate being there, but hope that we never need to use.”

The “Seaton Sluice Backpedalers” will complete their challenge on Saturday and Sunday, May 24th and 25th, starting at Ravenglass, through Silloth and Haltwhistle, before tackling the final leg to Seaton Sluice on the final day.

Mike Warren, 64, is one of the oldest members of the team. He said: “We are all really looking forward to the cycle. There are some nerves in the group now we are just weeks away from the challenge but we are hoping to fit in a few more training runs before then.”

This 18 team members are: Ian Adams, Liane Atherton, Paul Atherton, Laura Batey, Michael Batey, Andy Carruthers, Jane Clark, Tim Clark, Paul Emmonds, Pauline Emmonds, Becky Emmonds, Dave Gaiger, Chris Kingston, Mel Kingston and Mike Warren, with essential support being provided by: Jeanette Atherton, Billy Rodgerson and Ken Williams.

To follow the team’s blog, produced by Mr Warren, visit: http://backpedalers.blogspot.co.uk

To sponsor the team, visit: https://www.createanddonate.co.uk/group/seaton-sluice-backpedalers

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