Peter’s cycle challenge helps helipad appeal

Peter Cockell completes his coast to coast charity cycle ride in Scarborough. (S)
Peter Cockell completes his coast to coast charity cycle ride in Scarborough. (S)

A former Nelson cricketer has turned his hand to cycling to conquer a coast to coast challenge.

Peter Cockell (56), of Norfolk Avenue in Burnley, biked from Blackpool to Scarborough and raised £704 for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital’s Helipad Appeal.

It was nice to have the family come and greet me at the end of the ride and I filled up a bit, it was quite emotional

Peter

Peter, who worked as a police officer in Pendle for 30 years, completed the 144.7 mile ride in a time of 9hrs 37mins.

And that was made even more impressive by the fact he had to battle a headwind for the entire journey as he rode east.

Peter said: “I’m very happy with that time as I had a strengthening headwind all the way.

“I set off from Blackpool at 6am and to get to Scarborough at the time I did, I’m completely made up.

“Rather than starting at the tower, I started at the Big One which I thought was more appropriate.

“I only had one puncture at York when I hit a pothole. I was coming up to a break spot and I took my eye of the road for a second when I hit it.

“Fortunately I got it fixed while I was stopped having a coffee and other than that it went very smoothly.

“It was nice to have the family come and greet me at the end of the ride and I filled up a bit, it was quite emotional.

“I would just like to say a big thank you to everybody who has donated money, it is for a great cause.”