‘Action’ man in pedal plea

Action medical Reearch - Howard Cross & Sarah Hargreaves
Action medical Reearch - Howard Cross & Sarah Hargreaves

A FITNESS fanatic hopes pedal power could help propel him across the full length of Britain.

Local runner Howard Cross will be swapping his trainers for wheels when he cycles from Lands End to John O’Groats next year in what is known as the End to End Challenge.

The 43 year-old is hoping to raise money for charity, and was recently able to get in a spot of practice on an exercise bike outside Tesco in Market Weighton.

A member of Pocklington Runners, he pedalled for over six hours and was able to pull in donations totalling £350.

The money he makes will all go towards Action for Medical Research, a children’s charity dedicated to improving the health of babies and children in the UK.

He says he became aware of the charity’s work after his friends began having children and was previously unaware of the problems youngsters face.

Planned for next year, the gruelling cycling event from Lands End will take nine days and covers a staggering 874 miles.

Howard, who works as supervisor at BSC in York, said: “I’m really looking forward to it, I always wanted to run the London Marathon, which I’ve done four times now, so I now want to do something spectacular.

“It will be 100 miles a day but I’m already putting a lot of training in, cycling between 150 and 200 miles a week so I will keep that going.”

He recently competed in the Cross Pennine 100, a 100-mile cycling race, and has had fundraising help from his friends at Pocklington Runners after a night at the Bengal Brasserie in Market Weighton which helped raise an extra £120.

He added: “I would like to thank Ahmed at the Bengal Brasserie and Catherine Douglas at Tesco, she kept bringing me drinks when I was cycling!”

Anyone wanting sponsor Howard can log onto www.action.org.uk/sponsor/howardwilliamcross