FOUR heroic cyclists are getting ready for a mammoth 135-mile challenge to help a charity which was set up by a tragic dad.
But the coast-to-coast bike ride - which has been planned by Spencer Kindon, Geoff Hurst, Phill McCormick, and Peter Roberts to raise money for the Jo & Mya Memorial Fund - has extra significance.
It will be held from Friday, August 8 to Sunday, August 10 - and that coincides with the fourth anniversary of the tragic accident in which a mother and daughter died.
Ian Richardson, 40, who works in Hartlepool, set up the Jo & Mya Memorial Fund in memory of his wife Joanne, 40, and daughter Mya, six, who died in August 2010 in a car accident.
Geoff, 50, who lives in Stockton and works as a teaching assistant at a special education school in Spennymoor in County Durham, said: “It will be four years to the day since the accident happened but we didn’t know that when we planned the ride.
“But it will be a spur when we are doing it. It is for the cause and we can sympathise with what Ian has gone through. We shall really be giving it all we can when we are riding.”
The men will be riding from Whitehaven to Sunderland in a route which means 55 miles of riding on the first day, 52 miles on the second day, and 33 on the third day.
Geoff added: “Spencer has organised bed and breakfast accommodation for us each night and we hope to raise £100 each for the cause.
“We have all trained for this but Spencer and Phill are both keen mountain bike downhill riders anyway.”
Ian suffered four smashed ribs, a popped rib cage, a bruised lung and heart, whiplash, broken toes and cuts in the crash.
But he fought back to fitness and has raised his youngest daughter Ava ever since.
Ian said he was “so proud” of the men for organising the ride and said the date of their coast-to-coast challenge was “fitting”.
“It means that there will be something to mark the weekend and my support is with them fully. I am very proud of them.”
For more details on the memorial fund, visit either the fund’s website at www.joandmya.co.uk or the fund’s Facebook page.
And anyone wanting to support the charity cyclists can visit https://www.justgiving.com/geoff-hurst