Pals cycle 440 miles for cause

A DEDICATED cycling duo from Pocklington pedalled for pounds in aid of a male cancer charity.

Pals Bernard Cleaver, 47 and Darren Jackson, 33, cycled 440 miles from London to Edinburgh in just over 34 hours.

The challenge was made even more gruelling by the weather as it rained the whole way.

The pair, who have been keen cyclists for many years, took it in turns to ride for two hours at a time while the other one was driven to the next destination in a support vehicle.

The aim was to raise awareness and as much money as possible for the Orchid charity, which is Britain’s only registered charity that focuses entirely on the male-specific cancers - prostate, penile and testicular.

Bernard said: “We knew it was going to be tough. It was pretty much as we thought it would be.

“The weather was against us. The rain just followed us from the start all the way up which puts another dimension to it with the wet roads. We found that difficult.

“Though we both arrived physically strong we were both mentally tired due, in part, to the awful weather and the lack of sleep.

“After a good night’s sleep, several showers, a huge Scottish breakfast and the liberal application of Sudocrem we began to feel human again.”

They started their journey at Westminster Abbey and 34 hours and 15 minutes later they reached the finish line near Edinburgh’s Holyrood House.

Earlier this year they held a 24-hour non-stop spin bike session at Francis Scaife Sports Centre in Pocklington, which helped them raise £1,300 for Orchid.

This was a forerunner for the London to Edinburgh challenge which Bernard and Darren have been training for since October last year.

Bernard said: “We do various races through the year. The idea came to me in October last year and since then we have been gearing up towards doing it.”

In total, they have managed to raise £6,000 for the charity and hope to continue raising more money.

If you would like to sponsor Bernard and Darren then visit www.justgiving.com/pocklingtoncyclists.