Cyclist is coasting after an epic ride

Renishaw resident Joel Sandford, 34, has taken up a challenge to cycle 170 miles across the breadth of the UK from Workington to Whitby. To raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.
Renishaw resident Joel Sandford, 34, has taken up a challenge to cycle 170 miles across the breadth of the UK from Workington to Whitby. To raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.
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UP pass and down dale he goes.

Joel Sandford, aged 34, has set off to cycle the breadth of the UK to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The Renishaw man will struggle up hills and zoom down valleys across the 170 hilly miles from Workington to Whitby.

He hopes to raise more than £1,000 through his effort, which finishes tomorrow on the east coast, at the home of Captain Cook.

Speaking before he set off yesterday, Joel said: “My motivation for completing this gruelling coast to coast challenge is mainly that my Dad has been suffering with Alzheimer’s for around 10 years.

“I thought that it would be good to raise some money for a very important charity as well as giving myself a personal challenge to train for and look forward to.

“lt will be a tough ride but I am hoping that, by raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, more support can be provided for people with dementia, their families and carers.”

Joel has joined a group of all ages and backgrounds on the ride.

They started in Cumbria, toiling their way through the mountains and skimming past the lakes towards Kendal.

The cyclists are taking on the steep climbs in the Yorkshire Dales and Cleveland Hills before winding down dramatic coastal roads to finish in Whitby tomorrow.

Joel said: “I have been training for the event since January, trying to get out after work and also by going on long rides at the weekends.”

Jo Swinhoe, director of fundraising at the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are delighted that Joel is giving his time and energy to take on this cycle challenge for us.

“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Joel to help us care for people today and find a cure for tomorrow.”

To donate to the Alzheimer’s Society you can visit www.justgiving.com/Joel-Sandford.