Trio saddle up for tough trek

A TEAM of Morpeth workers will push their bodies to the limit on their bikes for charity.

Peter Sweet, James Shepherd and Callan Whinfield, staff at the Morpeth branch of Marks and Spencer, make up the ‘Peth Pedalers’ who will travel to the Prodrive circuit in Kenilworth for this year’s company challenge.

The trio aim to ride a total of 400 miles in 24 hours from noon on Saturday. This will be 133 miles each in stints of 90 minutes or two hours (eight hours in total). About 150 teams from across the UK will be taking part.

They are hoping to raise £2,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and more than £600 has already been donated.

James is a keen cyclist and earlier this year he did the long-distance Paris to Roubaix ride, which includes a section over cobbles.

Callan has been hitting the roads since he joined the team and Peter has completed many routes over the years – including Land’s End to John O’Groats within a fortnight eight years ago.

Peter said: “I hadn’t been out on the bike much in the last two years since moving house, so signing up for the challenge meant I had to get back out there.

“It’s been tiring but I’m certainly feeling the benefits.

“I’m now looking forward to the weekend and hopefully the weather will be better than it has been recently.

“There will be riders of all abilities taking part, but everyone involved will be giving as much as they can to raise money for an important charity.

“Our customers have been very generous so far and we got a little extra money from our colleagues when we each baked a cake and brought them into the store.”

His training circuits have included cycling from Morpeth to Whalton and Kirkley and back through Saltwick and Tranwell Woods and going to Rothbury, Alnwick and back down to Morpeth via the coast.

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