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Will and Peter head for the beach with cycling challenge

IT’S definitely not the easiest or quickest way to get to the beach but friends Will Gaunt and Peter Linley have raised almost £4,000 for St Luke’s Hospice with their epic bike ride to the seaside.


Will and Peter took five days to cycle to the Cornish surfing resort of Newquay, raising money for St Luke’s, which supported both Will’s grandfather Ken Gaunt and Peter’s aunt, Susan Birds.


The friends completed the first 96 miles of the challenge from Sheffield to Sutton Coldfield on day one of their adventure.


They then went another 73 miles to Frampton on Severn, a further 71 miles to Bridgewater, an extra 72 miles to Okehampton in Devon and then a final 63 miles to reach the finish at Newquay - all in some of the year’s hottest summer weather!


“It probably wasn’t the best conditions but at least it was better than doing it in the rain,” said Will.


“Everything went incredibly well and we didn’t even have any punctures, which was really good.”


Along the way, the pair even caught the attention of the BBC, with a shout out from Radio 2 afternoon show host Steve Wright.


“We both really enjoyed doing it and it actually felt a bit like a little holiday,” said Will.


“We’re thinking now what we should do next - something bigger and better, perhaps somewhere overseas.”


There’s still time to support Will and Peter. Simply visit Newquay

 


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