Cyclists saddle up for gruelling coast-to-coast challenge

CYCLISTS are taking on a mammoth coast-to-coast challenge this weekend to raise funds for a north Northumberland nursery.

Craig Berry, with his friends Neil Souter and Malcolm Lewis, are cycling from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Seahouses – a trek of 145 miles in one day.

The three are raising funds for Busy Bees nursery, which is based on the site of Seahouses First School and needs essential roof repairs.

As of Tuesday, the combined efforts of the school and the cyclists meant they were more than three-quarters of the way to the £2,000 target.

The ride was the idea of Craig’s dad Alan, who works as a caretaker at Seahouses First School and lives in Beadnell.

He origInally suggested that Craig and his friends, who cycle competitively, rode from Edinburgh down to Seahouses.

But because they may have had to cycle by the A1 and the wind is often strong, it was decided coast to coast would be better.

Craig said that they were all feeling ‘apprehensive’ ahead of Saturday’s ride.

“We regularly do between 70 and 80 miles and feel quite tired after that and we are going to have to do twice that,” he said.

“We are feeling quite apprehensive to say the least but looking forward to it in a strange way.”

The three, who live in Gateshead, plan to travel across to Cumbria early on Saturday morning so they can set out on the road by 8am, as they estimate it will take eight to nine hours.

A crowd of children and parents is planning to gather at the nursery to greet them when they arrive.

To sponsor the trio on their 145-mile ride, visit