Cycling challenge

Steven Emmerson (right), who manages the Sainsbury's store on the Bishop Cuthbert estate, and his colleagues Dean Oxley (left) and Paul Mackintosh, are cycling 220 miles for Sport Relief.
Steven Emmerson (right), who manages the Sainsbury's store on the Bishop Cuthbert estate, and his colleagues Dean Oxley (left) and Paul Mackintosh, are cycling 220 miles for Sport Relief.

A SUPERMARKET manager is clocking up the miles as he takes on a gruelling challenge for Sport Relief.

Steven Emmerson, 48, the new manager of Sainsbury’s, in Middle Warren, is now more than halfway through a 220-mile bike ride in support of the charity.

Steven, along with three colleagues from around the region, left Hartlepool early on Tuesday morning as they set off on their gruelling challenge.

They are clocking up, on average, more than 50 miles a day as they make their way to Scarborough, Hull and York, before their tired legs can take a break when the lads finish in Darlington tomorrow.

Steven, who only started his role as manager of the Bishop Cuthbert Sainsbury’s store on Monday, said he was hoping their efforts would raise more than £5,500.

He said: “I have been quite nervous in the lead up to it because I know I could have done a bit more training.

“But it’s raising money for a fantastic cause and hopefully we will raise a lot.”

Steven, who lives in Ingleby Barwick, is no stranger to gruelling challenges on his bike.

Just last year he cycled from London to Paris and he said that experience would stand him in good stead for this challenge.

“I do enjoy these sorts of things,” he added.

“The satisfaction after completing a challenge like this and the money raised definitely makes it worthwhile.”

Steven is not the only member of staff at Sainsbury’s doing his bit for Sport Relief.

Activities are planned throughout the day in store and some staff are also making the trip to Springwell Primary School, in Hartlepool’s Wiltshire Way, to play netball with the pupils.