Trio cycle 300 miles in 24 hours – and charities are the winners

Matthew Craven, Matthews Davies and Drew Davies celebrate at the finish line. ANL-150827-111056001
Matthew Craven, Matthews Davies and Drew Davies celebrate at the finish line. ANL-150827-111056001

A team of Spalding cyclists are delighted to have raised almost £3,200 for charity after riding more than 300 miles in 24 hours.

Drew Davies, Matt Craven and Matthew Davies lined up alongside 400 other riders for the epic Newcastle to London 24 event to raise money for Macmillan Nurses, Dogs for the Disabled and the NSPCC.

It was an amazing experience whizzing through the country, passing iconic structures such as the Angel of the North, York Minster, Lincoln Cathedral and eventually rolling into London.

Drew Davies

Despite an extra 11 miles being added to the 300-mile course, they still made it within the allotted time on August 22.

Sadly fourth team member Andy Brown had to pull out at the 235-mile mark due to severe back pain, having pulled his team-mates along for long spells in the initial stages.

Graphic designer Drew (36), who decided to take part to test his fitness and endurance said: “It was an amazing experience whizzing through the country, passing iconic structures such as the Angel of the North, York Minster, Lincoln Cathedral and eventually rolling into London. “

The group’s combined total raised for charity so far is £3,185 although they are still collecting donations.

“Thanks to everyone who has sponsored us for this epic ride of a lifetime and also our families for putting up with the endless hours of training over the last year.”

His team-mate, 42-year-old electrician Matthew, described the whole ride as amazing, saying it has left him buzzing. “To cycle 311 miles in 24 hours showed me what is possible to achieve if you really put your mind to it,” he said.

Day spa manager Matt (36), who had previously cycled 
distances of around 100 miles, added: “I am not going to lie – I am currently ruined.

“But I didn’t want to let anyone, especially my family, down.

“Next week I go for a scan to look into some chronic hip pain after coming off my bike. I threw up just outside Sleaford due to the pain but I dug deeper than I ever thought possible.”

nYou can still support Drew and Macmillan Nurses by texting ‘DRUU78 £1’ to 70070 or via his online donation page www.justgiving.com/Drewsride24/

Sponsor Matthew Davies and the NSPCC at www.justgiving.com/Matthew-Davies23 or text MATD55 and the amount you wish to give to 70070.

And donate to Matt Craven’s charity Dogs for the Disabled at www.justgiving.com/Matt-Craven24/