Sheffield duo’s cycle marathon for Cavendish Cancer Care

Phil and Andy as they neared the final stage of the bike ride
Phil and Andy as they neared the final stage of the bike ride
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A pair of determined cyclists from Sheffield got on their bikes for a 150-mile coast-to-coast ride to raise money for a cause close to their hearts.

Phil Walsh, aged 54, from Birley Carr, and Alan Potts, 56, of Greystones, cycled from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Tynemouth in the North East in aid of Sheffield-based Cavendish Cancer Care.

Phil said they completed the challenge as his wife Helen, 48, has used the charity’s services after being diagnosed with breast cancer, and Alan’s brother died of cancer earlier this year.

The pair raised more than £1,000 in total.

“We did it over three days, and at first it seemed like something of an arduous task but it was quite pleasurable in the end,” said Phil, who works as a teacher at Nook Lane Junior School in Stannington.

“There were a couple of really tough climbs on the way, though.”

Phil said the Cavendish Centre was a ‘therapeutic place’.

“It deals with the responses people have to cancer, and Helen has found it very useful,” he said.

“It has helped a lot of people get through the initial shock and try to come to terms with it, in a non-medical way - a practical, human response to the illness.”

Phil and Alan, who tutors trainee teachers at Sheffield Hallam University, were supported by the Halfords garage at Wadsley Bridge, where staff serviced their bikes ready for the trip free of charge.