[C]umbria Constabulary’s Cycle Club will attempt to pedal 210 miles around the county this weekend to raise funds for the force’s endorsed charity, the Calvert Trust.
The 16 officers and staff, along with some friends and family, will get on their bikes at 5am on Saturday morning (June 25th) and hope to be getting off their saddles within 19 hours.
Club members wanted to be able to tick the ‘Tommy Godwin challenge’ off their bucket lists so put together the route which will take them through the majority of Cumbria’s main policing boundaries. Godwin entered the Golden Book of Cycling in 1939 as the greatest long-distance rider in the world, averaging more than 200 miles per day.
The cyclists will be joined by others who although cannot complete the whole route, will offer them support by cycling as far as they can.
The club formed in 2014 for their inaugural challenge of Land’s End to John O Groats in 7 days, which saw them raise £15,000 for Eden Valley Hospice. Last year they cycled the Coast to Coast from Whitehaven to Sunderland in roughly 9 hours.
Inspector Lee Skelton, a member of the cycle club and one of those taking on the 210 miles, said: “We are all excited to take on our next big cycling challenge. Although we hope to be finished by midnight, this is not a race and is designed as a social ride to encourage participants to push themselves in support of this superb charity. We are a group of mixed abilities and have all done a lot of training to ensure we have the best chance of finishing the route.
“We are completely self-funded so every penny donated goes directly to the Calvert Trust. Every penny counts and each of us is grateful to all those who donate.”
To donate visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/paulsenior1
For more information on the Calvert Trust please visit www.calvert-trust.org.uk/lakedistrict
For information on the cycle club visit https://www.facebook.com/CCCCpage/