A MAGNIFICENT seven South Tynesiders went the extra mile for charity after tackling a gruelling cycling challenge.
The big-hearted bikers raised £2,000 for Cancer Research UK and St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow after completing the 210-mile Coasts and Castles route, from Edinburgh to South Shields.
The fundraising friends – Richard Hobson, Barry and Sam Went, Chris Hair, Sid Price, David Tiernan and Glenn McCallum – whose ages range from 21 to 58, stayed the course despite battling ‘monsoon’ conditions.
Mr Hobson, 48, from South Shields, who was determined to get on his bike after losing a friend to cancer and seeing another pal diagnosed with the condition, said: “The hardest part of the ride came on the first day, where we cycled 73 miles in monsoon-like conditions.
“Luckily, the weather relented for the following two days, and the team managed to stick together for the rest of the ride.”
After reaching the finish line in South Shields, the tired and weary riders received welcome refreshments from the New Ship Inn, in Sunderland Road.
The group were helped along the way by Steve Easter, from Fairstone Financial Management, who donated £250 towards riding costs, and Kev Meadows from PDS Couriers, who transported their bikes to Edinburgh for the start of the three-day trek, free of charge.
Mr Hobson added: “We would like to thank Steve and Kev for their kind support and assistance.
“A special mention should also be made thanking Ian Hobson, for giving up his time to drive the support vehicle over the three days, and Gayle Ramsey from the New Ship, for the much-needed refreshments at the end of the bike ride.
“Of course, a massive ‘thank you’ goes out to everyone who has sponsored the lads and helped make it so successful.”
People can still donate by contacting Mr Hobson on 07913 767033.