Charity wheels keep turning

Great North Bike Ride 2011.
Great North Bike Ride 2011.

A FUND-RAISING bike ride, in memory of a brave teenager who lost his battle with cancer, is expected to raise more than £100,000 for charity.

More than 2,000 cyclists pedalled for pounds in Sunday’s Great North Bike Ride, which started at Seahouses and took participants on a 50-odd mile journey along the coastline to Tynemouth Priory.

The event – the 11th of its kind – is in aid of the Chris Lucas Trust, which is a registered cancer research charity for children and young adults, and is in honour of Chris Lucas, who died of cancer in 2000, aged 18.

Chris’s mum, Lynn, from Wallsend, said: “It was windy on the day but the event was fantastic. We have received great feedback and we are hoping that over £100,000 will be raised.

“A lot of people from outside the area entered, with some coming from places such as London, Bristol, Birmingham and Liverpool, and people said how beautiful the route was.”