Archie aims to raise cash with cycle trip to South Shields

Archie Street who will be taking part in a 175-mile bike ride
Archie Street who will be taking part in a 175-mile bike ride

A schoolboy who has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition is aiming to cycle 175 miles to his grandparents home town of South Shields for charity.

Archie Street has never been to the town where his grandparents Ken and Margaret Street were born and grew up.

But all that is set to change for the 11-year-old next week as he takes part in a gruelling 175-mile cycle challenge from Ravenglass to South Shields.

The youngster, who will be accompanied by his father Matt and his friend Graeme Ashworth, has chosen to raise funds for the Coeliac UK.

The charity has been supporting Archie and his family following his diagnoses of the condition, in January, after years of being unwell.

Coeliac is a common digestive condition where the small intestine becomes inflamed and unable to absorb nutrients causing the sufferer severe abdominal pain.

The charity has provided me with so much support. I wanted to do something for them.

Archie Street

Archie said: “The charity has provided me with so much support. I wanted to do something for them.

“I have never done anything like this before. I always do lots of running but I have never cycled this far before. I’ve been training and I am really looking forward to it.”

Archie and his team will set off from Ravenglass on Tuesday, cycling to Maryport, Burgh by Sands then onto Haltwhistle.

They aim to arrive in South Shields next Friday where they will be met by family.

Proud grandfather Mr Street said: “He makes us extremely proud. Obviously, there is some apprehension on our part, Archie cycling all that way ay such a young age, but he is very committed. Archie has never been to South Shields before, so it’s nice he has chosen our home town as his finishing point.

“We all think he is a fantastic example of the positives of what our children can do.”

To donate to Archie’s cause visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Archies-Hadrians-Challenge