Southport college staff take on cycle challenge for Claire House

Staff members from a Southport college are currently cycling 1,300 miles to raise money for Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Brian Sheard and Paul Antonio are well on their way through their blistering journey from Southport College to Barcelona.

If all goes to plan the cycling mad duo will arrive in the sunny Spanish city by Friday (May 26).

Brian, a Director of Facilities Management at Southport College, said: “Following on from the 24 hour Southport to London Charity Cycle Challenge we did in 2016, we’re both going a step or two further this year!

“We hope to cycle the 1,300 mile route over 14 days with one rest day in the middle.

“The first three days and 300 miles incorporated a cycle from Southport, along the border with Wales to Bristol, then the final UK leg to Portsmouth where we caught an overnight ferry to St Malo in Northern France.

“The next four days consisted of around 100 miles per day of cycling through central France before reaching our first rest day in Chasseneuil sur Bonnierure, near Limoges.

“After a well earned day off, there are seven days comprising of an arduous cycle over the Pyrenees Mountains, past Andorra before eventually crossing the border into Northern Spain and entering Barcelona.”

The duo plan to cycle into the city on Friday, May 26 if all goes to plan.

Paul, Head of Information Services at the college, added: “The cycle is totally self-funded and self-supporting, and we carry all food, water, safety equipment and cycle spares needed for the trip.”