Cross country bike ride raises £10k

Six local fundraisers have tackled the Coast2Coast cycling route this month, raising over £10,000 for Realise charity.

The riders, all colleagues from Staffordshire-based we are aspire, cycled the 140-mile route from Tynemouth to Whitehaven over the course of three days.

The cyclists began training for the Coast2Coast, which is the UK’s most popular long-distance cycle route, back in 2019/20, but their plans were delayed due to Covid-19.

Sophia Snell, Charity Manager at Realise charity, said: “We’d initially planned to cycle this route last summer, and the team were obviously disappointed when the pandemic and the restrictions prevented them from doing it.

“But they have done an amazing job in training and gathering support for this. Not just cycling across the width of the country, but they also organised and cycled 140 miles locally in October so their initial training didn’t go to waste, and they then got right back up and did the whole thing for real this month!”

The six riders, along with a support crew of two, set off from Tynemouth on Friday 2nd July, cycled through the weekend, and completed the last leg to Whitehaven on Monday 5th July. They have so far raised £10,107 for Realise charity.

Lisa Ratcliffe, a Performance Analyst from we are aspire, commented: “I can’t believe we’ve finished. It’s been amazing and incredibly tough. Thank you to everyone who donated. A big high five to the team and a brilliant support team.”

As the charitable arm of we are aspire, Realise charity’s new strategy focuses on supporting people into employment. As a community anchor, over 13,000 people were supported in 2020 alone through working together with Aspire Housing, Achieve Training and local partners.

You can see the updates from the team on social media, under the #CyclingForRealise hashtag.