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Cyclists complete 930-mile ride for charity

CYCLE RIDE … from left, cyclists Steve Wilkinson, Clive Hardman and Chris Tillbrook completed a gruelling bike challenge to raise cash for Holder House Allotment project.

By LISA NIGHTINGALE
Published on Monday 8 August 2011 11:05

SUPERFIT South Tyneside cyclists have gone the extra mile for a worthy cause.

Pals Steve Wilkinson, Chris Tillbrook and Clive Hardman have completed a gruelling 930-mile cycle challenge to raise money for the Holder House Allotment Community project.

And they completed their route from Lands End to John O’Groats in an incredible seven days, overcoming punctures and the worst the British weather could throw at them along the way.

The cyclists raised £2,517.30 through sponsorship for the project, based at the allotments in Whiteleas, South Shields.

The site offers its users – which include people with learning and physical disabilities, the elderly and local schools – the chance to learn about gardening.
Holder House project manager Chris Convery said: “It’s fantastic what the guys have done for us.

“They had set a target to raise £1,000 for the scheme, but have more than doubled that. “The money now means we are able to cover the rent for the year and towards the upkeep of our vehicle and the septic tank. “It has given us a great head start as we are always battling for funding.”

The trio chose the charity after reading about the project in the Gazette.

And were accompanied by Mr Convery who gave up his own time to follow Mr Wilkinson, 49, Mr Tillbrook, 44, and Mr Hardman, 54, in a van to carry their belongings.

Mr Wilkinson, who owns Fellgate Fitness in Leicester Way, Jarrow, said: “The whole venture was great, I enjoyed every minute of it.

“We had signs on our bikes raising the profile of the scheme, and people were giving us money en-route – it was fantastic.

“It’s great what Chris is doing at the allotments.
“It’s a fantastic scheme, and it’s good to know the money is going to a good cause.”

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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