Friends gear up for coast to coast ride

A FARNSFIELD father and son are setting off on a coast to coast bike ride today to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Forty-nine-year-old Geoff Crowson and his son Lee will be cycling alongside seven friends and family members from St Bees in Cumbria to Whitby in North Yorkshire.

The all male cyclists, who are aged from 15 to 49, will be cycling for four consecutive days and camping each night before aiming to arrive at Robin Hood’s Bay on Saturday afternoon.

The journey will take the group through the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales and they are hoping to cycle up to 50 miles each day.

“We’re really looking forward to the bike ride, we did an 87-mile walk to Skegness last year so we thought we’d go a bit further this year,” said Geoff.

“We’ve all done some training so are fairly confident that we’ll get there on Saturday.”

Geoff and friends are raising money for cancer because several group members have had relatives who have been affected by the disease.

“We have two goals - the first one is to reach the end of the bike ride and also to raise as much money as possible for this very worthy cause,” he added.

“It is not Government funded and relies on people like our group to raise donation money so Cancer Research UK can carry on their excellent work.

“Please dig deep because your help is what Cancer Research UK needs.”

Geoff, whose nephew David Farmer is also taking part in the 200-mile bike ride, has also organised a charity evening at Hucknall Town Football Club on 6th August.

The event will include two live bands as well as a disco, raffle and sweepstake while BBC Radio Nottingham presenter Mark Dennison will be hosting the evening.

Tickets for the event will be £5 for adults and £2.50 for children under 10 and can be purchased by contacting Geoff on 0115 9528721.

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