RUNNING 13 miles just wasn’t a big enough challenge for this intrepid group of fundraising friends.
So they’ve ditched half marathons and are gearing up for a slightly bigger animal – cycling 900 miles.
The group from Wickersley, Rotherham, will cycle from John O’Groats to Lands End in memory of their friend and brother Nick Walker, to boost Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Nick died in 2008, aged 16, after he was in a road accident on Bawtry Road.
And since then the Nick Walker Memorial Group’s fundraising efforts have collected more than £20,000 through various events.
Member Scott Bailey, 23, said: “Having done three half marathons in the last three years, as a group we decided we wanted to do something a bit more challenging.
“No-one in the group has ever done anything like this before, but we can’t wait to get going.
“As a group we were all really close to Nick and always wanted to do something in his memory.
“We have received a lot of support from friends, family and the children’s hospital and without them wouldn’t have been able to raise the fantastic amount that we have.”
The challenge will begin in John O’Groats on Saturday, March 30 and the group hope to complete the cycle in nine days.
Cheryl Ridge, fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to the group for all their support over the years. They have helped to raise over £20k towards our charity already, which has made a massive difference to the lives of many of our young patients.”
Taking part in the cycle are Scott Bailey, Callum Barthrop, Luke Barnett, Liam Boyle, Jack Deakin, Adam Moore, Adam Morris, Richard Sharpe, Tom Shepard and Tom Walker.
Visit www.justgiving.com/nickwalkermemorial2013 to donate or to help the group email firstname.lastname@example.org.