RATHER than spending their bank holiday relaxing, three friends from Lurgashall are embarking on a 140-mile cycle for charity.
Rory Lawson, Mathew Boxall and Duncan Boxall are this weekend going on the Coast to Coast, or Sea to Sea Cycle Route, Britain’s most popular long-distance cycle on minor roads, disused railway lines, off-road tracks and specially-constructed paths.
“The route is 140 miles and we plan on doing it over three days, starting at Whitehaven and finishing at Tynemouth,” said Rory.
“It’s going to be a challenge, with some hard climbs, the highest point being over 2,000 feet (610m)!”
The trio are cycling to raise funds for charity Friends of Freemantles.
Rory’s nine-year-old son Connor is a pupil at Freemantles School in Woking for children with autism.
“Although Freemantles has wonderful purpose-built facilities and enormously-dedicated staff, it lacks the state funds to meet the cost of many of the things that enhance the children’s education and extend their opportunities,” said Rory.
“My friends and I have never tried anything remotely like this before. We have been best friends all our lives, having grown up together in Lurgashall.
“Matthew and I only started cycling at the start of this year but have trained pretty hard – up and out the door despite the rain, wind, cold and darkness of the winter months. We have tried to include as many hills as possible such as Harting Hill, Hindhead Hill and Bexley Hill.
“The money raised will directly benefit my son Connor and all other Freemantles pupils.”
To sponsor the team go to Donations Page