Fenby family’s 164-mile cycle ride for charity

The Fenby family at the Tan Hill Inn - England's highest pub - en route from Barrow to Saltburn on the coast to coast cycle ride
The Fenby family at the Tan Hill Inn - England's highest pub - en route from Barrow to Saltburn on the coast to coast cycle ride
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Three generations of one family have completed the Coast to Coast cycle ride, raising more than £1,800 for good causes.

Colin Fenby, 71, his son Steven, 41, grand-daughter Bethany, 21 and Steven’s partner Lisa O’Brien, all from Easington, rode from Walney Island, Barrow to Saltburn, a combined total of 164 miles - also their combined age.

Although delayed by Steven suffering a back injury, they completed the ride over “some of the most scenic, dramatic and changing scenery imaginable” and via England’s highest pub, The Tan Hill Inn in Swaledale, 1,732ft above sea level.

Cloudless skies enabled them to see the Milky Way and the International Space Station while campaing,

The cyclists were doing the ride in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Research, Parkinson’s Research and the James Cook Heart Scanner Appeal.

Colin said: “My mum died of Parkinsons disease on Christmas Day 2000 so there are direct personal reasons for supporting our chosen charities.

My mum died of Parkinson’s on Christmas Day, so there are personal reasons for supporting our charities

Colin Fenby

“The Heart Scanner appeal is also a worthy local charity we wish to support.”

They arrived at the Ship Inn, Saltburn, dipping their wheels in the North Sea in traditional fashion, where the Mayoress of Saltburn and the Mayor of Loftus, Cllr Mike Hodgson - Bethany’s other Grandad - met them, along with around 30 family and friends.

A keen cyclist, Steven rode over the Andes in Peru last year and around Cuba the year before. Colin’s daughter Sarah Fenby-Dixon initially transported the four bikes across to the start and throughout the trip, his partner Lynn Duncan provided a sterling support role, meeting them at stopping points, identifying cafes for refreshments and preparing overnight camps.

The Fenbys regularly cycle on moorland routes around Danby, Lealholm and Castleton.

Anyone wishing to support the family’s cause can do so through the link https://www.justgiving.com/Beth-Hodgson1