We did it! Riders coast to success

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A group of cyclists who were riding from coast to coast have completed their mammoth journey.

Led by Steve Duncan, from Community Foundation for Calderdale, the group travelled more than 900 miles from Cornwall to Scotland on a challenge to pay for apprenticeships schemes with local companies.

The team, which was missing Fred Lyn due to illness, completed their ride on Sunday at 3.30pm.

Steve said it was an incredible and life-changing experience. “It was very hilly and the weather changed quite dramatically after the halfway point when we came to Halifax. There was parts of trhe coast which were snowy. We experienced all the seasons in one day. The whole experience was was just brilliant. It is an achievement and we managed to raise quite a bit of money to get people into jobs and raised life long funds as a result of doing the road.”

Martin Haigh said: “We all seemed to get stronger as a team as the route progressed. We never had any trouble because we all did enough training and the bikes behaved themselves.”

He said: “For me it was one of the best experiences of my life and one thing I realised was that it was only as good as the people around me. We had amazing support from the whole team who provided us with refreshments every 20 or 30 miles.”

The team has been training for the last year in order to raise money for a worthy cause. “We have raised more than £100,000 but people can still donate by visiting www.cycleforwork.co.uk” said Martin. The team will be at Halifax Town Hall tonight to celebrate with the Mayor of Calderdale, Coun John Hardy who supported them as his charity of the year.

They will also be at a second event called Chain Reaction in the Crossley Gallery at Dean Clough on Saturday, May 11. It will have a youth focus and will start at 7pm.