Four men from Wistaston are preparing for a gruelling two-day 130 mile charity bicycle ride across England.
Ben Reinhardt (aged 58), Tony Mason (62), Terry O'Connor (62) and Chris Raiswell (34) are covering the 'Coast to Coast' cycle route from Workington on the west coast of England to Sunderland on the east coast of England. Their ride begins on 18th June 2012 when they cycle from Workington to Penrith (50 miles) and the following day on 19th June they will cycle from Penrith to Sunderland (80 miles).
Ben is raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (http://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/). Tony, Chris and Terry are raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care (http://www.mariecurie.org.uk/).
Ben said, "In 2007 my good friends Mike and Liz Boffey lost their son Will to Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. Will was a fine athlete playing football from age 9 in the local Lads and Dads league and then studied at Nottingham Trent University and spent his placement in Bentley Motors 2004-5. However in September 2005 he contracted Leukaemia. I am therefore riding for the charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in Will's memory. I have completed challenges before to raise money for this charity, but the greatest challenge of all has to be for anyone diagnosed with Leukaemia."
Tony said, "I am riding for Marie Curie Cancer Care as they provide free home nursing for terminally-ill people. I have supported them since they cared for my mother when she had cancer, as they were so kind and supportive to my mother and our family".
If you would like to make a donation to the riders, please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Raiswell .