Recovering addicts to cycle 170 miles coast to coast in charity fundraiser
On Friday 15th September 2017, 14 members of the local recovery community will be coming together to cycle 170 miles from Morecambe to Bridlington over the course of four days. Those taking part have been training for a number of months; prior to which they had little or no experience of cycling any significant distance.
The Way of the Roses is a relatively new coast to coast cycle route from Morecambe on the north west coast of the UK to Bridlington in the east, taking in some of the most stunning and breathtaking scenery along the way, through the historic cities of Lancaster and York and other gems such as Settle, Pateley Bridge and Ripon. It is a challenging route consisting of a variety of terrain including traffic-free paths, on-road cycle lanes, country lanes and quieter roads.
The group is made up of individuals from both Calderdale in Recovery and Kirklees in Recovery. Training for, being involved in and completing such a challenge has the potential to have significant positive effects on the well-being of individuals who are recovering from alcohol and substance misuse. There are obvious health benefits, the opportunity to connect with a group of like minded individuals and bond throughout the course of the challenge, to get outdoors and experience some of the wonderful countryside right on our doorstep as well as providing an opportunity to give back by fund raising for good causes.
Calderdale in Recovery is currently trying to raise funds for a defibrillator in the town centre of Halifax; therefore a number of the cyclists have chosen to collect sponsorship towards this cause.
Many of the others taking part in the challenge are raising funds for the Forget me not children’s hospice.