Friends pedal for pounds

Cyclists Adam Clarke, Jason Belisle, Steven Temple, Neville Henderson and support team Paul Brown and Stuart Athey prepare for their charity ride.
Cyclists Adam Clarke, Jason Belisle, Steven Temple, Neville Henderson and support team Paul Brown and Stuart Athey prepare for their charity ride.

An Alnwick man, whose mother and cousin have battled brain tumours, is gearing up to tackle a 150-mile bike ride to raise money for research into the condition.

Steven Temple, 40, will be joined by friends Jason Belisle, Neville Henderson and Adam Clarke to cycle from Seascale to Whitby, in just 24 hours.

The quartet will be pedalling for pounds for The Brain Tumour Charity – a cause close to the heart of father-of-two Steven.

“I’m cycling for the charity because my mother and cousin have had brain tumours,” said Steven.

“I want to highlight the charity and the work it does and raise money for it because the charity doesn’t get a huge pot of money.

“Brain tumours affect more people than you realise.”

The ride, on June 29, is known as Coast to Coast in a Day, and is presented by Open Cycling.

It takes challengers from the mountainous western Lake District, through the Yorkshire Dales, across the flat Vale of York and finally the Northern Valleys of the North York Moors, finishing by the sea in Whitby.

But with 4,500 metres of ascent, this road ride will offer a gruelling test of endurance.

Steven, who works at Alnwick’s Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre and is a veteran of the town’s annual Shrovetide football match, said: “The ride will be horrendous with the hills; there are some monstrous climbs.

“None of us have ever covered this distance before let alone the amount of hills we are going to encounter.

“But we are all desperate to finish it.”

The group is putting in the hours to prepare for the challenge and is now cycling 100-odd miles a week. Paul Brown and Stuart Athey will make up the support team.

To sponsor Steven, visit www.justgiving.com/steven–temple. There are sponsor forms in Turnbulls of Alnwick and Willowburn, or see team members.

Breeze Bikes, in Amble, has donated bike parts and the team is looking for other business to help, including supporting fuel costs. Anyone interested, call Steven on 07719 258399.