Poppy Appeal journey with an abbey ending

John Gabbetis and Mick East will take on the 50-mile challenge for charity.
John Gabbetis and Mick East will take on the 50-mile challenge for charity.

Whitby Abbey is the destination for one fundraiser who is attempting to run and ride the journey between the abbey and York Minster.

John Gabbetis is raising funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Mr Gabbetis, from Stamford Bridge, will be cycling and running the distance of approximately 50 miles on Sunday 27 September.

He will be accompanied by other cyclists on the first leg, after which he will dismount and then run on to Whitby Abbey with his personal trainer and brother-in-law Mick East carrying a 22 pound pack.

John said: “I am challenging myself by cycling from York Minster to Pickering and then running from Pickering to Whitby Abbey with a minimum of 22lbs on my back –this weight is the minimum a soldier would be required to carry every day.

“This is just a small challenge and it is nothing compared to the daily challenges a veteran will have had to endure.”

Stewart Lythe, the British Legion’s Fundraiser for North and East Yorkshire said: “This is a remarkable challenge being undertaken by a remarkable man for a worthy cause and I invite all, especially those on the route, to support John’s efforts in person or by visiting the website https://www.justgiving.com/JOHN-GABBETIS.”