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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Cumbrians' 276-mile bike ride to raise money for schoolgirl

Nearly 70 determined cyclists spent the weekend pedalling the roads of Cumbria in an effort to raise £10,000 for a Cockermouth youngster.

Megan White photo
Megan White

Clive’s Cumbrian Way, an annual 276-mile bike ride around the county, is donating this year’s proceeds to Megan’s Dream fund.

This will help 12-year-old Cockermouth School pupil Megan White, who has limited mobility because of cerebral palsy and spastic diplegia.

Her family wants to reach a £40,000 target to get Megan the best treatment and after care.

Craig Scott, of Cyclewise at Whinlatter, one of the event sponsors, said conditions had been ideal.

He said: “It’s not a mountainous route but there are lots of smaller hills. The weather was perfect for riding.

“Although it was 20C, because you are moving you create your own breeze. We’ve had no rain and non-existent wind. It’s been absolutely spot on.”

The riders left Cockermouth in three groups between 5.15am and 6am on Saturday, travelling via the coast to Carlisle, then to Appleby, Kirkby Lonsdale and Arnside, taking around 12 hours to cover 156 miles.

They notched up another 120 miles on Sunday, leaving Arnside between 6am and 7am and following the coast around Morecambe Bay to Barrow then north to Whitehaven and back to Cockermouth by 4pm.

A crowd of well wishers and a brass band were waiting to greet them at the Sheep and Wool Centre.

The sponsors of this year’s event include Goodfellows & Sons, Lakes Home Centre, 4Play Cycles, The Ship Inn at Dovenby, Cyclewise Whinlatter, cyclingjewellery.com, Eastman Chemicals, Gibbons Accountants and the National Nuclear Laboratory.

Clive’s Cumbrian Way was set up in 2010 by members of the Honister 92 cycling club in memory of Clive Jenkin, of Cockermouth, who died from motor neurone disease earlier that year.

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