Burnley friends plan 592-mile bike ride for Make A Wish Foundation

LEFT TO RIGHT its Stan the pie man (Hollands) David Harries, Peter Baker, David Ellidge (My dad and backup driver) James Capstick (Postman) Andy Brown (Postman and backup driver) Garreth Ellidge which is me (Postman).

LEFT TO RIGHT its Stan the pie man (Hollands) David Harries, Peter Baker, David Ellidge (My dad and backup driver) James Capstick (Postman) Andy Brown (Postman and backup driver) Garreth Ellidge which is me (Postman).

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A MAMMOTH bike ride challenge to the five capital cities of the British Isles will be taken on by a group of Burnley friends.

Garreth Ellidge, David Harries, Peter Baker and James Capstick are readying themselves for a monster 592-mile ride which they are set to pedal on tandem bikes.

The foursome will set off from Edinburgh and finish at the Olympic stadium in London – taking in Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff during the six-day slog. They are taking on the challenge under the banner “Four blokes, two bikes, one wish” to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation which supports children with life-threatening illnesses.

The mad-cap bunch completed a 235-mile ride from Turf Moor to the Emirates Stadium in London several years ago, but Burnley postman Garreth (27) believes this will be a far tougher test.

He said: “None of us cycle normally but we just fancied doing something like this for charity. We will be doing 90-odd miles a day. It will be tough because your backside will be hurting and your legs will be killing. It is even harder to ride a tandem bike. It is going to be a very hard ride this time. Nearly 600 miles in six days is a massive distance. It will be horrible at times but I am looking forward to seeing all those different places.”

Before the ride Garreth and his friends raised £1,100 with a charity quiz night at the 110 Club – but the lads hope to smash their target of £4,000.

The Royal Mail has supported the challenge all the way, lending the group a van to accompany them on the trip. Royal Mail chairman Donald Brydon even threw his weight behind the four, pledging £250 to the cause. They will set off from Edinburgh on Sunday, March 25th, before crossing over to Northern Ireland through Belfast and down to Dublin on Tuesday totalling 244 miles.

Crossing over to Liverpool the group will cycle down to Cardiff before heading back across to England, through Oxford and finishing up at the Olympic Stadium in London where family and friends will be waiting.

If you would like to donate money visit www.justgiving.com/4blokes-2bikes-makeawish