Riders saddle up for fund-raising cycle challenge

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A team of fund-raisers is gearing up for a memorial cycle in honour of a popular grassroots sportsman.

Thirty-five riders are due to tackle the three-day, 190-mile feat this summer, pedalling for pounds to commemorate Geoff Anderson, who lost his battle with lung cancer in 2007.

Much-loved Geoff was a former captain of Warkworth Cricket Club and a PE teacher at Amble’s Coquet High School.

The cycle will take the hardy souls – which includes members of the cricket club – from St Andrews, in Scotland, to Warkworth.

It is the second ride of its kind and will once again be raising money for The Roy Castle Lung Foundation and Warkworth Cricket Club.

One of the riders, Alistair Currie, said: “Geoff was a very popular club member and local sportsman. He was a gentleman. He was very polite, very nice and a popular guy.”

Alistair, 39, who is a member of the cricket club, helped organise and took part in the first ride a few years ago, which attracted close to 30 cyclists.

He added: “We did the ride in Geoff’s memory in 2009.The event raised £6,000 and it was a great success and people really enjoyed it. So we’ve decided to organise another one this year.”

The ride takes place from Sunday, August 26, to Tuesday, August 28.

There are still a couple of places left and if anyone is interested in taking part, they should contact Alistair by calling 07738 847663.

However, anyone wanting to participate needs to let him know as soon as possible.

Alternatively, visit the Facebook page – Warkworth Cricket Club Sponsored Bike Ride 2012.

To sponsor the cycle, visit the JustGiving account of Steven Anderson – who is Geoff’s son – at www.justgiving.com/stevencanderson

The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is the only charity in the UK wholly dedicated to the defeat of lung cancer. It funds research into the early detection of lung cancer, health promotion work and lung cancer patient care.