Mammoth 300-mile challenge for Hartlepool cyclist

Steve Moore at the Premier Inn on Hartlepool Marina before setting off for Great Ormond Street.
Steve Moore at the Premier Inn on Hartlepool Marina before setting off for Great Ormond Street.

Charity fundraiser Steve Moore does not do challenges by halves.

When he decided he wanted to raise funds for Hartlepool & District Hospice and Great Ormond Street children’s hospital in London, he set himself a mammoth task.

I thought I may as well do a massive bike ride

Steve Moore

Today the 28-year-old RAF veteran, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, sets off on a 315-mile cycle from Hartlepool Marina to Great Ormond Street.

He is sure to be feeling a bit saddlesore at the end of the four-day challenge but hopes to raise lots of cash for two great causes along the way.

Steve, from Hartlepool, who works for Premier Inn, at Preston Farm, near Yarm, said: “I’ve done coast-to-coast rides before but apart from that I’m just a leisure rider. I love cycling and I am out on my bike all the time so when I was thinking of what to do, I thought I may as well do a massive bike ride.

“I’ve got family who have had ties with the hospice and they are just a great cause in Hartlepool and Great Ormond Street is Premier Inn’s chosen charity.”

Steve, of the Hart Lane area of town, was due to set off from the Premier Inn at Hartlepool Marina, where he worked until just last month, early this morning.

He will make his way to the capital along minor A and B roads, via Goole in East Yorkshire, Peterborough, Stevenage and finally London. Hartlepool firm Focus Cladding is kindly lending Steve, who was invalided out of the RAF with an ongoing shoulder injury, a van for his support crew and also sponsoring the diesel.

He added: “It will be hard and a challenge but I’m really looking forward to it.”

James Daniel, managing director of Focus Cladding, said: “We are very proud to support two such worthy causes and we wish Steve the very best of luck with his huge challenge.”

Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the hospice added: “This is quite a challenge Steve is undertaking and on behalf of everyone at the hospice we wish him a safe and successful journey.”

Sponsor Steve by visiting his fundraising page www.justgiving.com/Steve-Moore8.