Ex policeman’s coast-to-coast cycle challenge

Peter Cockell (56) is cycling from Blackpool to Scarborough raising money for the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital's Helipad Appeal. (S)
Peter Cockell (56) is cycling from Blackpool to Scarborough raising money for the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital's Helipad Appeal. (S)

A former Pendle policeman will cycle almost 150 miles coast to coast for charity.

Peter Cockell (56), of Norfolk Avenue in Burnley, will cycle from Blackpool to Scarborough on May 29th raising money for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital’s Helipad Appeal.

I’ve taken up cycling late in life when I could no longer run any more. I have been doing it for about four years now and have been doing 200 miles a week including commuting as well doing 25 miles a day, five days a week

Peter

Peter, who also used to play cricket for Nelson, will be cycling from his place of birth to where his sister lives, all for a cause close to his heart.

The hospital, which currently uses a local park for landing helicopters in emergencies, hopes to raise £3.9m for the helipad which will reduce transfer times by up to two thirds and would be the first of its kind in Manchester.

Peter said: “With 30 years in the police, 15 of them on traffic, I’m well aware about getting people to hospital quickly in the ‘golden hour’ to give them the best chance of survival.

“My eldest stepdaughter used to work at the hospital and told me about the young children there really suffering but not getting down about it and the great work that the hospital does.

“With me doing longer and longer rides, it seemed like something I could do to benefit others.

“I’ve taken up cycling late in life when I could no longer run any more. I have been doing it for about four years now and have been doing 200 miles a week including commuting as well doing 25 miles a day, five days a week.

“I did Blackpool and back recently which is 80 miles and I have another big ride 100-mile planned before the day itself.

“All being well, I’m hoping to complete the 150 miles. I will be happy if I get there between 10 and 11 hours averaging 14mph but that could be longer if the elements conspire against me.

“I won’t have a support car as such but my wife is dropping me off in Blackpool and then coming back to Burnley. I will then meet her in Ilkley and in York and Scarborough at the finish.”

You can donate at Peter’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Peter-Cockell