Gruelling ride for charity

The dedicated cyclists who completed the coast-to-coast ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland. Left to right, James Anderson snr, Stephen Henderson, James Anderson jnr, Anthony Spargo and Steve Spargo. Below, John Robinson and Lesley Henderson
The dedicated cyclists who completed the coast-to-coast ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland. Left to right, James Anderson snr, Stephen Henderson, James Anderson jnr, Anthony Spargo and Steve Spargo. Below, John Robinson and Lesley Henderson
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SIX dedicated fundraisers completed a gruelling 150-mile bike ride and racked up nearly £2,000 for charity.

James Anderson, 43, his son who is also called James Anderson, 19, father and son Steve Spargo, 46, and Anthony Spargo, 18, and Stephen Henderson, 43, all from Shotton Colliery, tackled the tough coast-to-coast course from Whitehaven to Sunderland in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

John Robinson

John Robinson

The charity means a lot to all of the riders.

Stephen Henderson’s wife, Lesley, died of cancer in 2007, aged just 41.

James Anderson’s wife, Dianne, 42, lost her dad, John Robinson earlier this year after he was diagnosed with throat and lung cancer, aged 72.

And Dianne’s grandmother, Minnie Caygill, lost her battle with stomach cancer in 1990, aged 79.

Lesley Henderson who died of cancer in 2007, aged 41.

Lesley Henderson who died of cancer in 2007, aged 41.

The motivated cyclists had Lesley, John and Minnie in their thoughts as they took on the marathon challenge.

And they were delighted to reveal that their efforts raised around £1,800 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

James, who runs Anderson Caravan Storage, in Shotton Colliery, said: “The ride was actually harder than I thought.

“It was a really gruelling course and all of the hills made it very tough.

“But it was good crack with the lads and we all got through it.

“To raise as much as we have done is brilliant, we are over the moon.

“We set a target of around £1,000 and we nearly doubled that.

“The work Macmillan Cancer Support do is brilliant, it’s great to be able to support them in any way possible.

“We would all like to say a big thanks to everyone who donated and for all of the support.”