Pals sad­dle up for epic cy­cle ride

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON -

TERRY But­ler is mark­ing his re­tire­ment from the gift shop he owned for al­most 30 years by un­der­tak­ing a gru­elling sport­ing chal­lenge.

He is the rookie rider in a four-strong team cy­cling from John O’Groats to Land’s End in June in aid of East Cheshire Hos­pice.

Terry and wife Beatrice fi­nally closed the doors of their gift shop and jewellers, Sevens, in Ch­ester­gate for the last time on March 19.

Terry will now be us­ing much of his spare time train­ing with pals Nick Stan­ley, Sam Baker and Steve Leonard for their two-week jour­ney.

They aim to raise an am­bi­tious £7,777 in hon­our of the name of the shop and will not have a sup­port ve­hi­cle, car­ry­ing spare parts them­selves and stay­ing in B&Bs en route.

Nick, who owns Park Lane Work­ing Jewellers, ex­plained: “Sam did the Land’s End to John O’Groats ride a cou­ple of years ago and now wants to do it the other way round which is usu­ally tougher be­cause of the wind di­rec­tion.

“Sam, Steve and I have cy­cled from Lon­don to Paris be­fore and are ex­pe­ri­enced riders, whereas Terry only took up cy­cling three or four months ago.

“It’s go­ing to be tough, though I’m sure the im­pe­tus of rais­ing money for the hos­pice will keep us go­ing.

“The most di­rect route is about 900 miles but we’ll cover about 1,200 be­cause we want to make a few slight de­tours to visit land­marks and want to make it fun not tor­ture.”

Sam owns Olym­pus Tro­phies in Duke Street, while Steve is an IT man­ager with a firm of Manch­ester solic­i­tors.

To spon­sor them go to just­giv­­ers-4ECH.

Their ride is part of the Chal­lenge Se­ries of fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives for East Cheshire Hos­pice.

●» From left: Terry But­ler, Sam Baker, Nick Stan­ley and Steve Leonard

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