Pedal power in aid of MS Research and Relief Fund

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A team of 13 riders who took on the iconic Coast to Coast cycling challenge raised more than £12,500 for Morpeth-based charity MS Research and Relief Fund (MSRRF).

They rode through some of the most beautiful countryside England has to offer. Starting at Workington in Cumbria, they made their way to Tynemouth – stopping off at Penrith and Edmundbyers.

In total, they cycled more than 130 miles and climbed over 3000 vertical metres.

The activity was led by Richard Rothwell and his team at Cycling Generation, who ensured the safety of the riders and had the ability to tackle every mechanical issue that was thrown at them.

Some of the cyclists were from the Morpeth area and three have known each other since early school days.

Simon Harley, David Bailey and David Gunn decided to take on this challenge together. All three men, like many of the other participants, had not seriously ridden a bike since childhood, but decided to get back on the saddle to raise vital funds for MSRRF.

The team, pictured outside MSRRF’s headquarters, collectively raised an outstanding £12,571.91 – smashing the suggested minimum sponsorship of £500 each.

People can still make a donation to the charity online at
MSRRF is already planning its 2019 cycling challenge, due to take place in May. For more details on next year’s Coast to Coast, email Dan Nelson –