Dales men prepare for second gruelling charity challenge

The 2018 team members are Dave Moore, Dan Liddy, Andrew Hawkins, Lee Donaldson, Mick Poulter & Chris Taplin.

A group of Dales men are back in training to complete a second gruelling charity challenge.

Following on from their successful ride in 2016, the Lumps and Bumps team are preparing for their next in September.

The Shore2Shore Challenge will take place on September 14 and 15 and will involve cycling from coast to coast twice in 24 hours – a total of 240 miles.

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The route will start in their home village of West Burton.

They will then head west to Morecambe.

The team will then about turn and head all the way across to Saltburn on the east coast before returning back to West Burton for the finishing line party at the Fox & Hounds pub.

The 2018 team members are Dave Moore, Dan Liddy, Andrew Hawkins, Lee Donaldson, Mick Poulter and Chris Taplin.

Their last challenge raised over £12,000 for the chosen charities and they hope to improve on that for this year with Macmillan, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Low Mill Outdoor Centre, Askrigg  and Tyne Sight all set to benefit from their efforts.

The Tyne Sight charity supports high quality eye care at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The RVI has one of the largest eye departments outside London and has built a national reputation for its pioneering research and development of eye services.

Chris Taplin said: “It was this specialist care that was vital to Aysgarth resident Helen Dinsdale’s son Douglas.

“In 2017 around his second birthday Douglas was referred to the RVI for tests and was diagnosed a very rare eye condition called Coats Disease.

“Sadly he lost his sight in his right eye which cannot be restored, but the RVI performed numerous operations to save his eye from having to be removed all together.

“They looked after him to an outstanding standard and continue to do so. Getting involved with the fund raising for this latest challenge is our chance to give something back”

The team has received sponsorship from the Wensleydale Creamery, O’Reilly Accountants and Cleaner Windows with the creamery also providing the team cycling jerseys.

To follow the team’s progress and to find out how to make a donation click here.

You can also support the team by attending a fundraising event, buying a team support polo shirt or leaving a donation at the Fox & Hounds in West Burton.