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From West to East, the Big Cycle Challenge

Henry Winter, 24 from Jesmond, has taken on two wheeled challenge taking in some of the most breath-taking scenery the England has to offer.

Henry along with his brother, cousin and a friend cycled the 160 mile Coast to Coast route from Whitehaven to Tynemouth on the 18th & 19th of September to raise money for St Oswald’s. Henry explains:

I was originally due to take part in the Manchester Marathon earlier this year but after it got cancelled I still wanted to raise funds for the Hospice. In 2019 my cousins completed the Coast 2 Coast and I went to meet them at the finish line in Whitby. I loved the atmosphere and I knew I wanted to do the challenge too. After the marathon got cancelled we decided to do the C2C to try and raise some money but to also get together and challenge each other.

We support St Oswald’s after my Uncle Ashley died at the Hospice a few years ago after a battle with cancer. We really appreciate everything you did for us and our family at that time so we want to be able to give something back. I was excited to take part in this challenge. I didn’t cycle much beforehand, I loved it when I was younger but I’ve clearly grown up since then and it was definitely a struggle.

Without a doubt it was easily the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I think my lack of fitness and hill training prior to the trip meant that I struggled the most in the group! I massively underestimated the elevation, particularly on the first day... We had a slow start with a few running repairs bt we managed to complete it over the two days. I was very grateful to our support driver Sophie, who was a life line for all of us throughout the ride!

We were very lucky with the weather too, it made a huge difference and even though it was a few weeks ago, I still don’t think my legs have recovered. At present we’ve raised over £800 for St Oswald’s Hospice which is amazing. I want to thank everyone who has donated, the money is going to an amazing cause. Someone asked me whether or not I'd do it again just after we finished. It was a hard NO at that point...but perhaps once I can walk again I'll reconsider...Maybe…

We can’t thank Henry and his team enough! A difficult personal challenge has not only bonded the team, but also created lasting memories for them. To raise over £800 is an incredible amount and the team should feel very proud of what they have achieved.

If you’d like to donate to Henry and his coast to Coast challenge, you can do so by visiting his JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/henrywinter