1,400 mile cycle for charities

By David Newble

Sunday, June 8, 2014

 

1,400 mile cycle for charities

Isle of Wight fundraisers David Butler-Trump with fundraiser Keith Garlick and Claire Alchin. Picture by Robin Crossley.

WHAT do a prison officer, a school teacher and a paramedic have in common?

The answer is they are all in training to cycle 1,400 miles from the Isle of Wight to Spain to raise funds for Help for Heroes and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The team, including prison officer David Butler-Trump, set off on August 14 and will head to Hastings before crossing the English Channel.

They then head to Normandy before cycling through France and Spain, finishing in the seaside town of Santander. They aim to complete the trip, dubbed the Square to Square, in 14 days.

In previous years, Square to Square has been undertaken by Island firefighters but this year’s challenge involves a mixed team of professionals.

Their route will include a gruelling ride up the Pyrenees mountain range, where they will climb around 5,000 metres in a single day.

They aim to raise at least £20,000 on their epic trip, timed to coincide with the centenary of outbreak of the First World War.

David said: "It is going to be hard but we do have some support, including sponsorship from John Peck Construction and Demolition, Rookley, and support from Wightlink."

The team on Saturday, July 26 at Sainsbury’s, Newport.

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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