Cyclists power home after taking on C2C

Ruth Nisbet and friends finally arriving home after completing a coast-to-coast bike ride.
Ruth Nisbet and friends finally arriving home after completing a coast-to-coast bike ride.

Two teams of cyclists hit the road for a sea-to-sea ride in support of a South Tyneside group raising funds for a bereavement charity.

Ruth Nisbet, Simon Parkin, Ray Canham and Chris Canham got on their bikes to take on a coast-to-coast challenge.

It’s probably the biggest achievement of my life

Ruth Nisbet

They were raising money in support of the Cruse Crew’s fundraising efforts in aid of Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside.

The money they raise will help to fund a children and young people’s bereavement support service in South Tyneside based at Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre, in South Shields.

The ride was carried out in memory of Karl Carson, the father of Ruth’s sister’s two children, who died last year after falling from cliffs at Marsden.

Miss Nisbet said: “At times, it was tough especially the second day with all of the hills. Just when you thought that was it, there was another hill ahead.

“I had good support from everyone, from my mam and Ann Stone in our back-up vehicle.

“Simon was amazing. He probably did more miles reaching the top of the hill then coming back down to meet me.

“It’s probably the biggest achievement of my life and all for such a good cause and in loving memory of Karl.”

The group were the second team to complete the ride in support of the Cruse Crew. In June, Davy Carr and Brian Skipsey also took on the challenge.

Between them, almost £2,000 has been raised.

The Cruse Crew is made up of families who have suffered a bereavement and their friends.

They came together to raise cash to enable Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside to bring its children and young people’s bereavement support service to the borough.

The campaign was prompted by parents Davy Carr and Emma Robertson struggling to find anywhere in the borough to take their young children following the deaths of their respective partners.

To contact Cruse, call 0191 276 5533.