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Gearing up for a bike bid

TWO teenagers are tackling a 1,000-mile cycle ride.

TWO teenagers are tackling a 1,000-mile cycle ride.

Friends Chris Hughes and Sam Cook, from Shirley, will be completing a circuit of England.

The former Sixth Form College pupils hope their two-week trip will raise £5,000 for Acorns.

En-route they will pedal their way through most of the country’s largest towns and cities.

“We thought going around Britain was a bit far, but England was do-able,” said 19-year-old Chris.

“There were a few places I wanted to fit in, like Glastonbury Tor and Clifton Suspension Bridge. But we’ve got to do an average of 70 miles a day, so there won’t be much time for sightseeing. Mostly we’re going to be focusing on getting to the next stop and having a bath.”

Many hours were spent plotting their journey on maps, making sure to avoid motorways.

Starting from Solihull, the pair will head south, via Bristol, and then along the coast to London.

Turning north they will cycle as far as Newcastle, across to the Lake District and then back towards home.

“We’re doing it for Acorns because it’s a local charity that does very important work,” added Chris.

The cyclists will set out on their trip on July 12 and aim to arrive back in the borough a fortnight later.

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Cathrina Hulse
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