Pedalling pals delight

F'Scaife Charity r spinners Darren & Bernard celebrate a successful 36 hrs.
F'Scaife Charity r spinners Darren & Bernard celebrate a successful 36 hrs.

POCKLINGTON pals Bernard Cleaver and Darren Jackson pushed their bodies to the limit during a 36-hour non-stop spin bike challenge for charity.

The pair trained for about four months for the event and their hard work paid off as both managed to complete the ride.

Bernard, 48 and Darren, 34, decided to hold the event at Francis Scaife Sports Centre in Pocklington, where Darren works.

The event, in aid of the Bubble Foundation, which works to save the lives of babies and children without an immune system, began at 7am last Wednesday and continued until 7pm the day after.

Bernard, of Strother Close, said: “We were shattered. We were physically and mentally very tired.”

Over 250 people showed their support to the pedalling pals by visiting Francis Scaife during the event to do spin bike sessions for an hour or more. Among them was The Mayor of Pocklington, councillor Graham Perry, who attended at the beginning and end to start and conclude the event.

Bernard admits the challenge would have been tougher without their support.

“The support from everybody kept us going” he said.

“Without that it would have been much more difficult.”

Together, Bernard and Darren managed to raise over £1,400 for the Bubble Foundation.

On 29 April, they will be trying to raise more money for the charity when they attempt to cycle from the southernmost point in the UK, Lizard Point, in Cornwall, to the northernmost point, Dunnet Head, in Caithness, Scotland, which is a distance of around 1,500 miles.

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