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Helston trio's charity ride
4:20pm Friday 7th September 2012 in Cornwall
A trio of Helston men will be cycling From Britain’s most northerly point to southerly point to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Matt May, duty manager (fitness) at Helston Sports Centre, Jon Burtenshw, owner of South West Garage Doors Limited with branches in Helston and Bodmin, and Jon’s 17-year-old son Jack will be travelling to Dunnet Head, the most northerly tip of Scotland, to embark on the 234 Challenge.
Over nine days they aim to cycle to Lizard Point, around 833 miles. The ‘234’ Challenge stands for top ‘2’ bottom, ‘3’ riders cycling ‘4’ Cancer Research.
Jon said: “Although we all enjoy a cycle, this is something none of us have even considered before and probably never will again. “There are going to be lots of very sore bums and legs to battle through the average 92 miles per day, with one day being a massive 115 miles.”
All three have either lost or had family members who suffered with cancer, so the charity that supports sufferers and looks for a cure was the obvious choice to support. “Anything we can do to help the fight against this disease must be done – who knows what’s around the corner?” added Jon.
On Saturday, September 15, when they hope to have cycled as far as Helston, the plan is for the trio to meet their family, friends and supporters on bicycles at Cycle Logic at around 5pm, and all ride the last few miles to Lizard Point together. Matt said: “We are nervous but excited about it. You can put in as much training as you want but when you’re riding that kind of distances in that time you don’t know how your body will react. At the moment I just want to get on it.”
“Massive thanks” have been given to Mick Dunne who will be supporting the team for the ride and sponsors Hormann UK, with Jon saying: “Without Mick or Hormann this ride wouldn’t take place.”
The trio have also thanked Fergus of Ki Design for sorting the logo, Wovina for providing some T shirts, USN for providing nutritional support and Cycle Logic.
The men are currently about two thirds of the way to their £3,000 fundraising target. To sponsor them visit justgiving.com/234challenge.
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