Cycling pair ready to take on another charity challenge

Colin Stonehouse and Roger Hartley stop for a breather
Colin Stonehouse and Roger Hartley stop for a breather

A LOCAL pub landlord and a school lab technician who cycled the full length of the country are already looking for a bigger and better challenge to take on next year.

Colin Stonehouse and Roger Hartley who works at Caedmon School did a sponsored bike ride from John O’Grouts to Land’s End.

Mr Stonehouse set out on the trek to help provide specialist treatment for his niece, Grace, who was born with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy.

She has been attending a rehabilitation centre in Poland since 2008, which has already greatly improved her condition but with no government funding to support this procedure, her family need much help to raise the £8,000 necessary.

Mr Hartley completed the bike ride to help support the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, of which he is a volunteer member.

The team also rely solely on donations to carry out the many rescues and medical procedures that are needed in all sorts of incidents around the local area.

The bike ride itself, from the most northern tip of Scotland to the very south of England was approximately 900 miles long and took the two cyclists 12 days.

The project began on 25 July, with the pair biking all through the day and stopping off in nearby villages for the night.

According to Mr Stonehouse, they were “very lucky with the weather”, and the sun was shining for most of the ride.

However, there were of course some bumps along the way, and he added that the task was “both physically, and mentally challenging.”

At the most difficult part of the route, Shap Summit in Cumbria, they had to bike uphill for four hours, with only one hour back down.

And on the last and second to last day they copped for two punctures but fortunately the pair had the equipment necessary to fix the problem and reach the finishing line unscathed.

Mr Stonehouse added: “It took a lot of hard work and a year of training but it was nice to see the countryside and the whole trip was very enjoyable”.

Although they have finished the ride, it is definitely not the end. Last year they had done a coast to coast walk and they are now planning a new, and yet more difficult task to take on.

To find out more information about the ride, or to make a donation towards Grace’s treatment or the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, visit http://www.justgiving.com/roge-hartley or go to The Station Inn, New Quay Road, Whitby. You can also text GRAC63 followed by the amount of money you wish to donate.