Intrepid riders saddle up for charity cycle

Teamdinga.jpg - (L to R) Mick Miller, Ruary Slater, Brian Trench (A-Belco Group), Keith Bell, Brett Slater, Tom Poole and Stuart Knowles.
Teamdinga.jpg - (L to R) Mick Miller, Ruary Slater, Brian Trench (A-Belco Group), Keith Bell, Brett Slater, Tom Poole and Stuart Knowles.

They have never done any kind of cycling before.

And by their own admission, they may not be the fittest on two wheels.

But it hasn’t stopped a determined group of Alnwick-based darts players, who are gearing up to ride 500K in five days for charity.

The gang will tackle the Reivers Cycle Route from Tynemouth to Whitehaven via the Cheviots and Northumberland National Park, before heading back again via the Coast to Coast Route across the Pennines.

Hoping to raise thousands of pounds for their efforts, the lads will be pedalling for pounds for a whole host of wheely good causes, namely Help for Heroes, Prostate Cancer UK, Meningitis UK, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the Pink Ribbon Foundation and the British Heart Foundation.

And while the lads are at the beginning of their cycling careers, they are confident they can complete the gruelling course.

Team leader, Keith Bell, said: “We’re basically a group of mates from Alnwick who play darts in the Market Tavern and have been raising money for charity for many years after a mutual friend died from cystic fibrosis.

“It is a fair comment that we may not be the fittest riders to have attempted this but we will be giving it our very best shot and have never failed in any of our other charity challenges.”

Keith will be joined on the cycle by Tom Poole, Ruary Slater, Brett Slater, Simon Bowery and Daniel Low, with a support crew of Mick Miller and Stuart Knowles.

The lads go under the name of TeamDinga, and they will begin the feat on Saturday, from Tynemouth Pier, at 9am.

The aim is to be back on the east coast by 4pm on Wednesday.

In a boost to the lads’ fund-raising efforts, Hadar Lighting, which is part of the Ashington-based A-Belco Group, has agreed to sponsor the bike ride.

Brian Trench, CEO of the A-Belco Group, said: “I know Simon Bowery and met the other lads and was just really impressed by the amount they have raised over the years for charity without ever taking themselves too seriously.

“We are delighted to help such a worthy effort.”

While the lads aren’t the most experienced on two wheels, it seems as though they have caught the cycling bug, and have already planned next year’s charity cycle ride – from London to Paris.