Cy­clists cover 500 miles in four days for The Christie

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A GROUP of cy­clists have trav­elled through five coun­tries and cov­ered 500 miles in just four days for char­ity.

David Bai­ley, 40, who works for As­traZeneca in Mac­cles­field, led his four friends on a route across Eng­land, Scot­land, Wales, North­ern Ire­land and the Repub­lic of Ire­land.

He came up with the plan to mark his 40th birth­day and to raise money for The Christie as his mum was di­ag­nosed with breast cancer in 2013 and he has lost friends to the dis­ease.

Dad-of-two David said: “Many of us have been af­fected by cancer in one way or an­other through­out our lives.

“My mum is still all clear and, touch wood, has made a good re­cov­ery. But it brings it home how nec­es­sary the work of The Christie is.

“So this was our way of do­ing some­thing that we all en­joy and push­ing our­selves a bit while try­ing to make a dif­fer­ence.”

Also on the epic jour­ney were David’s friends Gra­ham Stan­ton, Stu­art Mill­ward, Dan La­bella and Rob Bradley.

His brother-in-law Sam Billing­ton sup­ported the team by driv­ing kit be­tween each site in prepa­ra­tion for the next stage of the jour­ney.

In to­tal the team each com­pleted more than 27,000ft of as­cent – only 2,000 less than climb­ing Mount Ever­est – dur­ing the ride, for which they be­gan train­ing be­fore Christ­mas. The first day saw them cy­cle to An­gle­sey, catch the ferry to Ire­land and end up near Dublin.

Day two was through North­ern Ire­land and sail­ing to Scot­land, with the fi­nal two days mak­ing their way back down to Marple.

To do­nate to the cause visit www.justgiv­ fundrais­ing/5na­tions500 chal­lenge.

Gra­ham Stan­ton, Stu­art Mill­ward, Dan La­bella, David Bai­ley and Rob Bradley be­fore their mam­moth bike chal­lenge

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