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Runcorn cyclists raise £1,400 for Runcorn Foodbank
TWO intrepid dads cycled 240 miles to London at the weekend and raised more than £1,400 for Runcorn Foodbank.
Dad-of-three David Collins and Carlos Gumbs, both aged 35, used to play football for local teams as teenagers.
Former Norton Priory pupil Carlos, of Linnets Park, who has a one-year-old son, Leo, and works for Network Rail, trained at spinning classes.
The pair left Runcorn at 9am on Saturday and arrived at Westminister Abbey at 6.30pm on Sunday.
Halton YMCA team worker David, of Halton Road, said: “It was such an amazing experience, the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life.
“It was just hill after hill. It was an epic journey.”
David’s sons, five-year-old twins Jack and George, and four-month-old Bobby waved them off.
David said:”I am very passionate about working with the homeless and people who need help.
“Runcorn Foodbank does a great job and needs support. We wanted to do our bit to help the local community.”
They would like to thank their family and friends for their generous support.
Halton Housing Trust sponsored the pair with cycling shirts and £200.
David would like to thank his parents, Val and Barry, who paid for their accommodation.
He is also grateful to Mark Gumbs who secured the loan of specialist bikes from ME Cycles of Seaforth in Merseyside.
David added: "I would like to say a special thank you to my wife, Aveesha for all her support. We've got a newborn baby and she let me go off for three hours at a time training."
Aveesha and Steve Gumbs met the cyclists in London.
David said: "It was really scary riding through London with taxis skimming our legs. It was really scary.
"We'd like to thank everyone for their generous support.
"We're not cyclists, we just got fit on a bike. It shows how much you can achieve. You can do anything if you put your mind to it."
Donations can be made at justgiving.com/runcornfoodbank/new/3
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