One thousand-mile charity ride to remember rowing coach who died in river fall

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Four members of Durham Amateur Rowing Club have completed a 1,0000 mile bike rode in tribute to a formercoach.

  The four, Michael Hall, Thomas Jackson, Elliot Kay and David Beebey, cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats in memory of former club member Bill Grant.

 Bill died in February this year after he fell from his bike into the River Wear.

 The lads completed their ride in 12 days, covering up to 115 miles a day, and money raised will go the the rowing club and the Great North Air Ambulance who came to Bill’s aid after his accident.

 The lads were accompanied at different stages by a support team of family members and so far have raised more than £1,700.

 They have a Justgiving page on which is still open for donations.  

 The club will continue to accept donations if anyone would like to send them separately.

 The riders said probably the most difficult time was a wet day in Wales on Day4. There were also a few crashes, minor injuries, the odd hospital visit, and mechanical issues to contend with along the way.

 A club spokesman said: “It’s a fantastic achievement and everyone at the club is very proud of them.”

 Elliot said: “The ride went better than expected I think, despite the rain in Wales and wild winds on the north coast of Scotland! I think this may have been down to Michael’s amazing navigation skills which saw us only get lost a couple of times.’