Wistaston cycle riders Tony Mason, Ben Reinhardt, Terry O'Connor

By Jonathan White
Four Wistaston men are preparing for a gruelling 130-mile charity bike ride across England.

Ben Reinhardt, Tony Mason, Terry O’Connor and Chris Raiswell are covering the ‘Coast to Coast’ route from Workington to Sunderland.

Their ride begins on June 18 when they cycle 50 miles from Workington to Penrith, and the following day they will cycle from Penrith to Sunderland – 80 miles.

Ben, 58, is raising money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research in memory of Mike and Liz Boffey’s son Will, who died in 2007 from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

Ben said: “Will was a fine athlete playing football from age 9 in the local Lads and Dads league and then studied at Nottingham Trent University and spent his placement in Bentley Motors 2004-5.

“However in September 2005 he contracted leukaemia. I am riding for the charity leukaemia and lymphoma research in Will’s memory.

“I have completed challenges before to raise money for this charity, but the greatest challenge of all has to be for anyone diagnosed with leukaemia.”

Tony, 62, Chris, 34, and Terry, also 62, are raising for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Tony said: “I am riding for Marie Curie Cancer Care as they provide free home nursing for terminally-ill people.

“I have supported them since they cared for my mother when she had cancer, as they were so kind and supportive to my mother and our family.”

To donate to the riders visit: http://www.justgiving.com/Chris-Raiswell

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