Top effort by the TeamDinga lads

The cyclists at Hartside Summit.
The cyclists at Hartside Summit.

Brutal ascents, wet weather, damaged brakes and numerous punctures failed to deter a group of cyclists as they completed a gruelling charity ride.

Despite not owning a bike between them at the turn of the year, the intrepid fund-raisers put months of preparation to the test by battling through the pain barrier to finish the 365-mile route in five days.

The group of Alnwick-based darts players – who go by the name of TeamDinga – were pedalling for pounds in aid of Help for Heroes, Prostate Cancer UK, Meningitis UK, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the Pink Ribbon Foundation and the British Heart Foundation.

And their efforts, which included conquering Cumbria’s Hartside Pass, which climbs to more than 1,900feet, has seen them raise thousands of pounds for their charities.

Team leader Keith Bell said: “It was every bit as tough as we had anticipated but the thought of the good causes we were riding for really kept us going. There were times when we were absolutely knackered but no one even thought of giving in.”

Keith was joined by brothers Ruary and Brett Slater, Daniel Low and Tom Poole, with a support crew of Mick Miller and Stuart Knowles.

Hadar Lighting, part of the Ashington-based A-Belco Group, sponsored the bike ride.