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THEY'RE there! The Burrell team complete their coast-to-coast challenge

THEY'RE there! The Burrell team complete their coast-to-coast challenge

TWO brothers have completed a 120-mile bike challenge for charity with a day to spare.

The fantastic lads from Wingate, Joe and Harry Burrell, rode coast to coast from Roker Pier to Whitehaven.

Joe, aged nine, and Harry, aged ten, hoped to raise £500 for Blackhall youngster Bradley Lowery.

But proud dad Anthony Burrell, 37, who rode with his sons, said: “More than £1,000 has been raised so far. We are immensely proud of their achievement and their attitude and the way they have tackled this for Bradley”.

The boys had hoped to complete the ride in five days but they got to their target a day early after riding 59 miles on day four.

Anthony, who works as an engineer at Caterpillar in Peterlee, said: “I am always out on the bike but the boys have never done anything like this before”.

Highlights of their adventure included riding the four-mile climb of Hartside Pass in 90 minutes - and that was just one of 23 climbs they completed on an extremely tough day three of their coast to coast challenge.

Bradley, aged three, who lives with his parents Gemma, 31, an NHS health trainer, and builder Carl, 30, in Blackhall, was born with rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

He has since won the hearts of people in both Hartlepool and east Durham.

A huge fundraising drive is underway to raise £500,000. The target has been set for treatment overseas, should he suffer a relapse.

There is still time for people to raise even more for Bradley by backing Harry and Joe as they have a fundraising page.

To do so, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/HarryandJoeBurrell

 

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