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Sponsored by Fitness trio take on 1,000-mile challenge

THREE WHEELING … Steve Wilkinson, Chris Tillbrook and Clive Hardman.
By LISA NIGHTINGALE

Steve Wilkinson, Chris Tillbrook and Clive Hardman.

THREE fitness enthusiasts are gearing up to cycle the length of the UK to raise cash for a South Tyneside charity.

Steve Wilkinson, 49, Chris Tillbrook, 44, and Clive Hardman, 54, will set off on Friday from Land’s End to pedal a gruelling 1,000-mile route to John O’Groats in Scotland.

And the intrepid trio hope to achieve the feat, which takes an average 50 days to complete, within a week. They are doing it in aid of Holder House Allotment Community project, based in Whiteleas, South Shields. The scheme, which has been running for two years, offers users – including people with learning and physical disabilities, the elderly and local schools – the chance to go and learn about horticulture, boosting their confidence and gardening skills.

Mr Wilkinson, who owns Fellgate Fitness in Leicester Way, Jarrow, said: “Chris, Clive and myself have done a lot of bike rides in the past, including the coast to coast, and we wanted to do something a little more challenging.

“We decided to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, with the aim of completing the ride in a week.  “We have all been training hard, and are determined to complete the challenge.”

The trio, who chose the charity after reading about the project in the Gazette, will be accompanied by Holder House project manager Chris Convery, who has given up his own time to follow the cyclists, Mr Wilkinson, Mr Tillbrook and Mr Hardman on their journey in a van to carry their belongings.

Mr Convery said: “It’s excellent what they are doing. I’m a member of the gym and they had been reading about the project in the paper.

“They were already doing the cycle ride, and they said they would like it to be in aid of the project. They do a lot of charity events and it’s good they have picked us out.”


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