Superhero cyclists raise £20,000 for charity

Was it a bird? Was it a plane? No, it was most likely five men from Burnley putting in an heroic effort on bikes.

Ronnie Cheetham, Keith Cheetham, Nigel Ramsden, Rob Ellis and Ian Harrison all donned superhero costumes as they defeated the villainous Lands’ End to John O’Groats cycle challenge for charity .

Ronnie Cheetham, Keith Cheetham, Nigel Ramsden, Rob Ellis and Ian Harrison who cycled from Lands' End to John O'Groats for charity (s)

Ronnie Cheetham, Keith Cheetham, Nigel Ramsden, Rob Ellis and Ian Harrison who cycled from Lands' End to John O'Groats for charity (s)

As Captain America, Batman, Superman, Robin and Spiderman they cycled the torturous 870 miles in just eight days raising nearly £20,000 for three charities.

Helped on by support staff Darren Taylor, Mick Gorton and Willie Carruthers along with Burnley firm www.Partysplash.co.uk, who provided the costumes, the group managed to raise £10,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust, £6,000 for the Catholic Fellowship for the Handicapped, which will go towards buying a new minibus and £500 for Cancer Research.

Ronnie said: “We would sincerely thank all those who have contributed, no matter how small they think their contribution has been, it counts.

“We also had the support of one unsung hero who has been crucial to the success of the fund raising and that is Nick Emmott, managing director of CGS Glazing Ltd. His constant updates on the LEJOG facebook page kept everyone informed and made sure we kept our spirits up.

Ronnie Cheetham, Keith Cheetham, Nigel Ramsden, Rob Ellis and Ian Harrison who cycled from Lands' End to John O'Groats for charity.

Ronnie Cheetham, Keith Cheetham, Nigel Ramsden, Rob Ellis and Ian Harrison who cycled from Lands' End to John O'Groats for charity.

“Please feel free to join our FB page: LEJOG - The Journey of a Lifetime. There are videos and photos pretty much telling the whole story.”

A Hallow’en party is also being held at the Thornton Arms on Friday to help raise further funds for the minibus appeal. Tickets are £5 and include food and DJ, kids free with one paying adult.