Village Hillbillies saddle up for charity cycle ride

The Haddenham Hillbillies
The Haddenham Hillbillies

A group of cyclists from Haddenham are riding the width of the country to raise money for the Chilterns MS Centre.

Haddenham Hillbillies, a rustic collection of old, young, fit and not so fit cyclists from the village set off at Whitehaven in Cumbria on Thursday and hope to arrive in Robin Hood’s Bay on Saturday night (tomorrow) after a 200-mile journey

Their adventure was planned in April when Haddenham residents Martin Roberts and Andy Coles started planning a sponsored ride for Chilterns MS Centre where Martin’s sister, an MS sufferer, regularly receives treatment.

David Finch, one of the cyclists, said: “We are taking the Coast 2 Coast organised route, but will be deviating from it on the second and third days to make it longer, harder and hillier.”

Aged between 30 and 59, the 13 cyclists taking part began with varying levels of fitness.

But Mr Finch said: “We have been cycling every week in the hilly Chilterns and we have all managed to do 70 miles in one go.”