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Abbots Langley man raises thousands for charity after epic bike ride

 Published on: 20th October 2017   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

A man from Abbots Langley has recently completed a lung busting 300 mile bike ride from London to Newcastle, in just 22 hours, and raised over £3,500 for charity in the process. Craig Moorcroft, 42, began his attempt at 10am on August 30, in Finsbury Park, with the intention of completing the peddle pumping challenge in just 24 hours. However, he passed the finishing line, in the shadow of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge on the banks of the river Tyne, at 8am the following morning with an impressive two hours to spare. Craig raised the money for Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, in order to help them provide more children with wheelchairs and powerchairs. The charity assisted Mr Moorcroft’s daughter, Sian, when she was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) in 2004. Craig only started cycling seriously about two years ago and is hoping that post-event donations will make his efforts even more worthwhile. He said: “The first thing that I felt as I crossed the line was a huge sense of relief. This was quickly followed by an overwhelming sense of achievement. I must admit it was very emotional and I’m extremely proud to have made it.” Craig surprised himself with the speed in which he completed the challenge. He explained: “There were a couple of hundred riders taking part in the event and I was amazed to find myself in the leading group. It was all pretty bunched up so I had to remain alert at all times and as I continued to stick with the leaders my confidence grew.” His wife, Emma, added that the family were delighted that he completed the challenge. She said: “We’re all extremely proud of him. He trained hard and that clearly paid off. But equally important, I think, were the regular intakes of energy drinks and bananas. I spoke to him several times through the night and at times it was tough for him. I just kept urging him on and told him what a difference his fundraising would make . Now that he’s completed the challenge I just want people to recognise his efforts, including a year of intensive training, and donate to his fund. This will enable him to help more disabled children.” Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive of Caudwell Children is urging people to donate to Craig’s fund. She said: “Currently there are over 70,000 children in the UK who would benefit from the correct mobility equipment, whilst a staggering 200,000 disabled children in the UK are going without any specialist equipment, or adaptations, at all. This is simply unacceptable. By supporting Craig you can help us to address the issues around provision.” You can sponsor Craig by visiting his Just Giving page: www.justgiving/siansbigride

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