Cycling couple get on a tandem for 170 mile challenge around park

Cycling couple get on a tandem for 170 mile challenge around park

by Tom Martin (July 2020)

A CYCLING couple completed a 170 mile challenge by looping Sefton Park 68 times on a tandem bike!

Rebecca and Chris Hunter wanted to take on the ‘Way of the Roses’ coast to coast route, but thought it would be safer during the pandemic to stay in one place.

They therefore had the idea to complete the daunting distance by circling Sefton Park 68 times over the course of only two days.

The motivation behind the challenge comes from the current financial burdens on a charity Chris used to work for, Open Country, which helps people with disabilities to access and enjoy the countryside.

Chris said: “Hearing how badly coronavirus has affected small charities is heart breaking.

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“Our inspiration for the challenge came from hearing that Open Country were unable to undertake their annual tandem cycle, in which volunteers and disabled members work together to pedal a long distance cycling route, usually coast to coast.

“The charity is famous for throwing the limitations and stigma associated with disabled people out the window and redefining what people with disabilities can achieve.

“It felt appropriate that by attempting this challenge on their behalf we could help raise some much needed support for them.”

Chris, who is a National Trust Ranger in Formby and trainee clinical psychologist Rebecca undertook the challenge last weekend (July 11-12).

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