Mammoth bike journey raises over £15,000

The team on top of is Scafell Pike
The team on top of is Scafell Pike
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WHEN most people take on the Three Peaks challenge, climbing the UK’s highest mountains is enough.

But for a group of Bishop’s Waltham fundraisers, that was too easy.

So they decided to cycle between Scafell Pike in the Lake District, Ben Nevis in Scotland and Mount Snowden in Wales – a whopping 1,400 miles in just 16 days.

The team of nine have now completed the challenge and raised £15,000 for Leukaemia Busters and The Piam Brown paediatric oncology ward at Southampton General Hospital.

The challenge was inspired by dad-of-two Martin Eustace who lived in the village and died from a brain tumour in 2004 aged 38.

He took on bike rides with the group before he died.

Team leader Ady Smith, 54, said: ‘This latest challenge was one I thought up. I had always wanted to do this one. I’ve always fancied doing it.

‘It was awesome. I know the challenge was tight on time. It was an impossible task.

‘It was 100 miles a day plus climbing the three peaks.

‘But the impossible became the possible and we managed to crack it.

‘It was a challenge and a half. We had a brilliant few weeks.’

They were greeted by more than 100 cheering family, friends and well-wishers at the end.

‘We have seen some fantastic, stunning scenery across the country,’ Ady said.

‘The weather was kind to us.’

Ady said that he is thrilled about what the group managed to achieve.

‘I’m proud of the team in completing the challenge, it is a fantastic achievement,’ he added.

‘The support we have received before during and now on our return has been fantastic and I would like to thank all those involved.

‘I’d also like to thank all those who have sponsored us and helped us raise much-needed funds for our chosen charities.

‘I’d also like to thank all of our sponsors, in particular Marquis Motorhomes which really pulled out all the stops for us and provided us with two support vehicles.’

To make a donation please visit justgiving.com/3k4k or justgiving.com/3K4K-Cycle-Ride.