Saddleworth fundraisers cycle across Wales in a day for charity

By Mark Barrow

FOUR DARING fundraisers have raised almost £3,000 for Prostate Cancer UK after completing the gruelling ‘Wales in a Day’ 190-mile cycle ride.

The Saddleworthians were part of a 300-strong group that set out to complete the ride, which stretches from Caernarfon Castle in North Wales to Chepstow Castle on the south border.

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About to begin their daunting journey: Paul Simpson, Aaron Cousins, Paul Groves and Ian Kelly

Although the route passes some of Britain’s steepest terrain and includes an ascent of 4,500 metres, the four successfully completed the challenge in just under 17 hours after setting off at 4.30am.

Ian Kelly, 46, from Uppermill, said: “It was fantastic when we’d finished it, but it was really difficult. When we set off it was freezing fog, but then it turned into glorious sunshine.

“’It required a lot of training beforehand. I have done similar things before but that was the most I’ve ever done, and I wouldn’t do it again.

“I would definitely recommend the route, but over a few days rather than in one go. We passed some fantastic roads in Wales. I’d just like to thank everyone for their support and donations.”

Ian was joined on the cycle by Paul Groves, 38, from Heyrod; Aaron Cousins, 33, from Dobcross, and Paul Simpson, 39, from Grasscroft.

They all decided to donate their sponsorship money to Prostate Cancer UK, a charity close to Ian’s heart as his dad survived the disease.

They received sponsorship from individuals and companies, including the Tony Rampton Foundation, which assists employees when undertaking voluntary work, who provided more than £1,000.

Other companies include Delph-based ‘Media Mill Ltd’, who specialise in graphics and banners, and ‘Cop Security’, a Dobcross business that manufactures and distributes CCTV products.


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