LAST week a team of 14 cyclists and their support arrived back in St Helens as they completed their grueling cycle from Amsterdam to St Helens having covered over 320 miles, writes Callum Hesketh.
The challenge, in aid of St Helens Autism Support, saw the cyclists take in the historic towns of Arnhem and Nijmegen before heading to Rotterdam to catch the overnight ferry to Hull.
Straight from the ferry the team headed to Castleford to meet Saints supporters heading to the fixture against the Tigers before arriving at Leeds City. The last day to St Helens was over The Pennines which meant steep climbs which combined with torrential rain and wind just added to the test for everybody involved.
All completed their task and where met by supporters at The Gerard Arms late Sunday afternoon for well-earned refreshments. The endeavors of all will boost the Charity’s coffers by more than £ 3,000
St. Helens Autism Support is a registered charity started in February 2013. Its aim is to raise funds and awareness of Autism and the implications of the condition, and to support initiatives that will improve life chances for people diagnosed with the condition in the St Helens area.
In addition to awareness, the main aim of the charity this year is to raise funds towards a resource centre to hopefully provide education, training and social facilities for the benefit of individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum and their carers.
Barry Ford, Brian Wellens, Chris Hayes, Chris Joynt, Colin Edwards, Dom McCormack, John Kilgannon, Jon Hitchen, Jonathan Neill, Leigh Farr, Mike Denning, Sean Casey, Shaun Keenaghan and Tom Jackson all took part.