Coaches from Marshfield CC are swapping their tracksuits for tyres as they aim to cycle 125 miles to raise money for Royal United Hospital Bath.
Friends Louisa Gwilliam, Amy Thompson, Clare Webb, Rachel Cooper, Keira Prince, Kirsty Bushell and Charlotte Barton – with Rachel Cull as support – will cycle all the way from England’s West coast to its East from May 3-5.
The intrepid women are taking the Coast to Coast challenge a year after a group of men from the club raised £15, 000 for the same hospital by pedalling all the way from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
The challenge is self-funded will all money raised going to the Forever Friends Appeal for the Royal United Hospital Bath, Breast Unit redevelopment. All of the cyclists have had friends and family affected by Breast Cancer and it is this that has driven them to take on the challenge – despite never having done anything like this before.
The group will start by dipping their toes in the sea at Whitehaven before cycling through West Cumbria and the northern Lake District. They will then make the steep climb into the Pennines before completing the challenge with a paddle at Whitley Bay.
The team will be (static) cycling at Marshfield CC on Friday April 26 at the cricket club in preparation for the actual challenge and would welcome any support. You can drop in and donate them in person or through their webpage https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/charlotte-barton18