Pennine pain for long-haul Danny on coast-to-coast trek

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A DONCASTER man has cycled 160 miles to help the British Heart Foundation to mark its 50th birthday.

Danny Coates cycled from coast to coast and has raised £287 for the BHF’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

He started on April 25 at Whitehaven and finished in Newcastle three days later.

Danny supported the BHF as he hopes to train as a cardiac physiologist and a family friend also suffered with heart failure.

The 25-year-old from Bessacarr said: “It was tougher than I expected – but it was really good and I got a lot of support from people I met on the way. Most of it was either uphill or downhill and the hardest bit was climbing a 2,000ft peak going through the Pennines.

“When I got to the end of the ride I didn’t have much left in the tank – it took me five minutes to walk up to my hotel room, my legs were so tired!

“I usually go out on my bike two or three times a week, but I’ve not been on it since I got back.”

Lauren Mallinson, fundraising manager for the BHF in Doncaster, said: “We are delighted Danny supported us with the coast to coast ride. I know a lot of hard work went in to the planning behind it and we are very grateful to Danny for his support.”

To find out more about organising your own BHF 50th anniversary fundraising event, or to take part in volunteering, call Lauren Mallinson on 01484 866627. Log onto bhf.org.uk/mbh for more information about the BHF’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

Danny is already thinking about his next big charity ride, and plans to try riding from Lands End to John O’Groats.