This year Paul and Peter will be joined by colleague Jay Gibson on a cycling challenge called Sea to Sea. It will involve riding from the Irish Sea coastal town of Whitehaven to the City of Sunderland, situated at the mouth of the River Wear which flows into the North Sea.
On the 15th of July the trio will set off from Whitehaven, where their biggest challenge will be crossing the Pennines. The demanding 140 mile trip will involve cycling at exhausting altitudes particularly when they reach their highest point at 1,900 feet above sea level.
After last year’s London to Paris challenge the friends wanted to do something that would push them physically as well as raising money for a charity close to their hearts, Age UK.
Jay Gibson sadly lost his grandfather earlier this year and he was touched by the level of emotional support and practical help that Age UK gave to his family. The keen cyclists are hoping that they will exceed last year’s fund raising target and raise £1,500.
Mr Herniman, said that last year’s challenge was made more difficult by having to navigate their way through remote parts of France with very little knowledge of the language or the infrastructure. However he feels that cycling over the Pennines will be a real test of endurance in terms of the stamina and physical strength they will require.
He said:“Crossing the Pennines will really be the most challenging part of the journey with the undulating roads and in some parts quite rough terrain. However we have been in serious training now for weeks and we are all really confident that we can achieve our physical goals and our fund raising target.
“I think the charity we have chosen is something that ultimately affects all of us. Age UK are fantastic advocates for the elderly raising awareness of the issues faced by older people. From national scientific research into diseases such as dementia or simply helping to improve the quality of life for people locally, we think the charity’s work is worthy of our support.”
If you would like to support the intrepid trio visit http://www.justgiving.com/