A group of cyclists from Barrow completed their toughest challenge ever as a fundraiser for us.
The 'Terminal Trundlers' cycled 400 miles from Glasgow to the top of Scotland raising funds in support of our work with young people and families in their home town.
Martin Leslie, one of the five men who undertook the challenge said it was, without doubt, their hardest ride yet taking five long cycling days to reach Durness on the northwest tip of Scotland.
“We climbed a total of 25000 feet, burned 25000 calories in the process and nearly gave up the day we had to cycle in torrential rain with winds gusting up to 50 mph. But we kept going and we were rewarded by some magnificent scenery along the way,'' he said.
The group first started fundraising through the ‘Tour de Furness’, a cycling challenge organised by the Rotary Club of Furness and Topmark. The cyclists knew each other having worked together at Barrow Gas Terminal, now owned and operated by Spirit Energy.
“Over the years we have had as many as 10 cyclists completing the Tour de Furness and four or five stalwarts doing the infamous C2C cycle route from Whitehaven to Tynemouth or Sunderland. Others have tackled Welsh and Scottish C2C challenges, the Fred Whitton, Lakeland Loop, Cumbria Cracker and Trough of Bowland.
“We got to know about Brathay by attending courses organised by Centrica at Brathay Hall near Ambleside. After seeing and hearing about Brathay’s great work with children, young people and families we felt it was a worthwhile charity to support, especially as they have a Barrow base and do some great work for young people and families living in the Furness area.''
The Terminal Trundlers have been cycling and fundraising for 15 years and have raising more than £50,000 for charity between them. They thank all the people of Furness for their continued support, including local employer, Spirit Energy.