Furness College cyclists gear up for charity ride


A team of cycling enthusiasts will spend part of the half-term holiday tackling a 200-mile bike ride from Glasgow to Broughton.

The Furness Expandables – a group of 14 cyclists from Furness College’s campuses at Channelside and Rating Lane and family and friends – will take on the charity challenge on 28th May.

Their four-day adventure will raise much-needed funds for Prostate Cancer UK. They travel one day one along the canal to the Falkirk Wheel, then to Innerleithen on the second day. The third day they cross the border to Carlisle and then the final leg is to Broughton.

Jim Rawnsley, a lecturer in carpentry and joinery at Channelside, said it was the ninth consecutive year the group had organised and undertaken a charity cycle ride but the first time along this route.

“Every year the group has grown,” he said. “We are mixed ability and we don’t go fast but it’s a friendly group with great camaraderie along the way and everybody helps everybody.

“It’s a challenging route even over four days with three days over 60 miles. It starts flat and just gets more hilly and the last day is through the Lake District, which is beautiful providing the weather holds.”

Sandra Crease, a personal tutor in craft engineering who is taking part in the cycle ride, said: “We have an excellent team who support us en-route and keep our spirits up when our legs are getting tired. The prospect of raising money for the charity also spurs us on.”

The team also includes David Pucknell, Mark Preston, Simon Irving, Jim Rawnsley, Peter Skyrme, Liz Kershaw, Don Logan, John Grant, John Smith, Scott Wilson, Sam Sunderland, Matt Ryder, Tim Wilkes and Kevin Wilde.

To sponsor the team go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/FurnessExpandables

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