A MAGNIFICENT seven South Tyneside biking buddies are getting saddled up for a fundraising feat.
The pedal-powered pals are taking part in the gruelling Coast and Castles Cycle Route this weekend – travelling 200 miles from Edinburgh to South Shields in aid of Cancer Research UK.
The team are due to finish the three-day charity cycle – which gets under way in the Scottish capital today – back in South Shields on Sunday.
The seven friends, Richard ‘Chad’ Hobson, Barry and Sam Went, Chris Hair, Sid Price, David Tiernan and Glenn McCallum, who are aged between 21 and 58, are determined to stay the course together to raise vital charity cash.
One of the riders, Mr Hobson, from South Shields, has tackled a variety of charity challenges such as the Hadrian’s Cycleway and the Coast to Coast bike ride, in aid of various good causes. The 48-year-old, a civil servant with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, was determined to get back on his bike after a friend lost her battle with cancer, and another pal was diagnosed with the condition.
Mr Hobson said: “Cancer affects all of us. Knowing you are cycling for charity will help us to really dig in and keep going when it gets tough.”
Mr Hobson is eager to thank two business bosses for their support.
He added: “We would really like to thank Steve Easter, of Fairstone Financial Management, who has given us £250 towards our ride costs.
“Kev Meadows from PSD Couriers Ltd has kindly offered to transport our bikes to Edinburgh free of charge.”
The riders are due to finish back in South Shields at the New Ship Inn in Sunderland Road, on Sunday night.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/chad-hobson or text Chad on 07913 767033, quoting the amount, your full name and your postcode.