Hartlepool fundraiser plans coast to coast challenge in just one day

Andrew McDermott, left, is doing the Coast-to-Coast bike ride in aid of Miles for Men this weekend, with support driver Richard Griffiths, right.
Andrew McDermott, left, is doing the Coast-to-Coast bike ride in aid of Miles for Men this weekend, with support driver Richard Griffiths, right.
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Determined cyclist Andy McDermott will push himself to the limits this weekend when he attempts to complete a gruelling coast to coast challenge in just one day.

The 37-year-old will test himself mentally and physically as he tries to cycle 97 miles from Gretna Green in Scotland to Hartlepool in just 10 hours.

He is doing it to raise money for Hartlepool-based cancer charity Miles for Men.

Andy completed the coast to coast a number of years ago in aid of cystic fibrosis but he then took three days.

“I don’t think anyone else has done it in this time frame before,” he said.

“I am pushing the envelope, especially considering I come down through Alston, the highest market town in the UK, and the second 25 miles are all uphill.

“I know that I’ve got the physical strength, but I am pushing myself mentally.”

Andy, of Owton Manor, Hartlepool, will set off from Gretna Green on the west coast of Scotland tomorrow morning. He aims to be sitting in The Harbour of Refuge pub with a pint in his hand just after 10 hours later.

Joining Andy on the route in a support vehicle will be workmate Craig Stead and Miles for Men team member Richard Griffiths.

He chose to support Miles for Men as he is good friends with the charity’s founder Michael Day.

Andy added: “I might as well push the limits when there are far more people going through a lot more on a daily basis who are suffering from cancer.

“At the end of the day I will be able to recover in a day or two from what I’m putting myself through when some people can’t when it comes to cancer.”

The process operator has been gearing up for the coast to coast after his work, Coveris Flexible Packaging, introduced a scheme to encourage workers to get on their bikes.

You can sponsor Andy on his JustGiving webpage by visiting www.justgiving.com/andymac-2378