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Burnley pals’ 960-mile bike trek for Alzheimer’s Society

IN TRAINING: Lifelong friends Aron Heaton and Owen Brigdale prepare for their Land's End to John o'Groats ride (S)

IN TRAINING: Lifelong friends Aron Heaton and Owen Brigdale prepare for their Land's End to John o'Groats ride (S)

Two lifelong friends want to raise £5,000 by cycling nearly 1,000 miles.

Aron Heaton and Owen Brigdale readily admit they are not long distance cyclists, so their planned Land’s End to John o’Groats sponsored trek is a real challenge.

Every mile they cross off the 960 mile route will earn cash for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Aron (25), of Hawes Terrace, Burnley, has lived with his grandad Howard and grandma Jean Newbold since his was two years old. Mr Newbold (75) has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and now lives at Dove Court because he needs full-time nursing care.

Aron and Owen have been friends since their earliest days at Heasdandford Primary School. They learned to ride and played out together as boys, but it was only seven weeks ago that they went out, bought new bikes and started training.

“It is quite a trek”, said Fuel Cards Services credit controller Aron. “We think it will take nine days, with most days being more than 100 miles.”

He and Merc Engineering engineer Owen have concentrated their training regime on Pendle Hill and on the hills around Bacup, with 40-mile rides every other day and longer outings at the weekend.

Their journey begins at Land’s End on Wednesday, September 24th. “We’ve tried to keep to A and B roads that are not too busy,” said Aron.

“The hotels are booked along the way, so we’ve got to make our destinations.”

The route first takes them to Oakhampton and then on to Bristol, Shrewsbury, Lancaster, Moffat, Helensburgh, Fort Augustus, and Altnaharra before arriving at John o’Groats.

“I think we’ll need a lift home,” said Aron, “But it will be well worth the effort. We are trying to have as much sponsorship as we can, and we already know we’ve had promises that come to around £1,000. It will be great to raise £5,000.”

 

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