TR’s Ian Carlton achieves three times his fundraising target after cycling 382 miles in 2 days
Ian Carlton, director of quality for Trifast Plc and his friend David have raised over £1500 after cycling 382 miles in just two days, from South Shields to Eastbourne.
Ian and David decided to take on the challenge in memory of David’s father Sid, who passed away in June 2016, to raise awareness of and funds for St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne, where Sid spent his final days. Sid was born and grew up in South Shields and spent his later years in Eastbourne.
On Saturday June 10th, Ian and David left Sid’s old local pub, the Old Ship in South Shields, at 6am and cycled 198 miles, spending over 17 hours in the saddle. Battling fierce headwinds, relentless rain and punishing unsheltered Roman roads, the pair finally arrived at their overnight stop in Sleaford, Lincolnshire on Saturday night at 11pm. After a well-deserved mini lie-in, the duo then travelled a further 184 miles for 16 hours on Sunday, before arriving at the Rodmill pub in Eastbourne, Sid’s other local, at 11.30pm.
Ian and David encountered a number of memorable incidents on the trip, ranging from a number of punctures to Ian’s wife Jo, who was following close behind with David’s wife in a support car, getting trapped in a public toilet en route after the lock snapped. In true Top Gear style, Ian and David left Jo behind to be rescued while they continued their trip! They were also joined for the final 100 miles by fellow rider Grant, who had also taken part in Ian’s cycle ride from London to Barcelona
with seven friends in 2014.
The South Shields to Eastbourne ride was a huge challenge for both men, who are experienced cyclists, with Ian losing half a stone and burning 10,000 calories during the trip. Originally aiming to raise £500 for St Wilfrids, their total is now at £1500 and set to rise with further donations still being made.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the cause is able to via this link.
TR’s Ian Carlton Takes on 380 Mile Cycling Challenge for Eastbourne Hospice
Ian Carlton, director of quality for Trifast Plc, is taking on the challenge of a lifetime next month when he will cycle 380 miles in just two days, from South Shields to Eastbourne.
Ian will be making the journey with his friend David, in memory of Sid, David’s father. Sid sadly passed away in June 2016 after a short battle with cancer, and spent the remaining few weeks of his life at St. Wilfrid's Hospice in Eastbourne being cared for by a fantastic team of people.
This year, on the first anniversary of Sid’s death, Ian and David will honour his memory by taking on the epic cycling challenge to raise money for the hospice and boost awareness of the great work it does for patients, their families and friends.
David and Ian will leave South Shields, Tyne & Wear – the town where Sid was born - on Saturday June 10th and cycle all the way back to St. Wilfrid's in Eastbourne, with an overnight stop in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. The duo will travel 180 miles on the Saturday and the remaining 200 on the Sunday, meaning each day they will be in the saddle for at least 12 hours.
To read more about Ian and David’s story and to donate to this very worthy cause please visit the just giving page via this link