The 1034 cycle challenge

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A NORTHALLERTON man will celebrate his 50th birthday by cycling the length of the country.

Kevin Bradley, 49, and eight friends will pedal their way from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise thousands of pounds for both Yorkshire Cancer Research, and Mowbray School, Bedale, which helps children with learning difficulties.

The challenge, which has been organised by Mark Sellers, will see them cover 1034 miles in 10 days, starting on August 22.

Chris Smith, 49, who is taking part said: “A few of us are coming up to 50 this year so we decided to do something to mark it.

“We’re more used to mountain biking so this is completely different.

“Although we’ve done coast to coast rides in the past, they take just three days and the daily mileage is much lower, so this is a real step up. It will be very hard on lads of our age.”

Mowbray School has donated a support vehicle for the trip, while Chris’s employer, Thirsk steelwork company Severfield-Rowen, has promised to donate a pound for every mile he cycles.

Thompsons Butchers, Northallerton, has also offered significant sponsorship for the challenge.

Chris said: “We’re really grateful to everybody who has supported us so far. We hope to raise as much as possible for our two chosen charities.”