Coast-to-coast ride in aid of clubhouse

Group heading out to do coast to coast bike ride to raise funds for new clubhouse, which has also recently been flooded'Pictured are Jake Allingan, Oliver Thorpe, Al Nun, Helen Allingan, Alison Jackson, Dean Jackson, Steve Allingan and Mark Thristan
Group heading out to do coast to coast bike ride to raise funds for new clubhouse, which has also recently been flooded'Pictured are Jake Allingan, Oliver Thorpe, Al Nun, Helen Allingan, Alison Jackson, Dean Jackson, Steve Allingan and Mark Thristan
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Six members of Copley Cricket Club will attempt to cycle from coast to coast in a bid to raise money for their new community clubhouse.

And the gruelling ride now has even more significance after the pavilion was affected by the floods last week.

The journey will begin on Wednesday July 4 and last three days, finishing on Friday 6.

The six intrepid cyclists will travel from Whitehaven to Newcastle-upon-Tyne - a distance of 143 miles.

Many parts of the cricket club’s pavilion are now in use but development is still needed so it can be used by the wider community.

The club also wants to improve facilities for girls and disabled people.

Copley has formed links locally, with primary schools and Ravenscliffe High School, as well as nationally, being chosen as a showcase club of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The group aims to raise £1,000 for the cause, which will be a significant boost to the club.

During the flooding, the bottom floor of the new building was left underwater and the pitch was completely submerged.

Bosses have been advised not to open the clubhouse as there may be issues with the electrics, meaning valuable income is lost.

Home fixtures must be reversed, and it is estimated that it will be at least another week until any cricket can be played on the pitch.

Oliver Thorpe, Alasdair Nunn, Dean and Alison Jackson and Steve and Jake Allingan are the brave cyclists attempting the challenge.

Two others, Mark Thristan and Helen Allingan, will be supporting them by car, carrying supplies and extra equipment.

Oliver said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge and wearing some lycra shorts.

“It will be a good experience which will hopefully raise some money for the club.

“It’s going to be tough, but it should be worth it in the long run.”

For Alasdair Nunn, the cycle is also a personal mission to lose weight.

He said: “I was unhappy when I was heavy but now I’m excited and rejuvenated.

“Cycling has been a massive help, as well as Jo Neville at Lighterlife, and I’ve lost six stone since October last year.”

The bikers must venture through the Lake District and over the Pennines to reach their destination.

Anyone wishing to sponsor the cyclists can visit www.justgiving.com/CCC-C2C.