Postman’s bike ride challenge

from left, David Screen, Keith Hoyles and Matt Hoyles who are climbing the UK's three highest mountains and cycling the 480miles between them to raise money for Galloways
from left, David Screen, Keith Hoyles and Matt Hoyles who are climbing the UK's three highest mountains and cycling the 480miles between them to raise money for Galloways

A BARTON postman is making a charity three peaks cycling and walking challenge a real family affair.

Keith Hoyles, who has lived in Barton for 40 years, is being joined by his son Matt and son-in-law Dave Screen for the trek, which involves visiting the summit of Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lakes and Snowdon in Wales - climbing 3,400 metres (nearly 10,000 feet) and walking 42km (over 25 miles) in the process - and cycling between each mountain carrying all their equipment.

The gruelling 10 day trip will see them cover nearly 500 miles and they will be raising funds for Galloway’s Society for the Blind, a charity based in Preston, which supports more than 6,500 blind and visually impaired people across Lancashire and beyond.

Keith said: “It’s all my fault that we are attempting this challenge.

“When I turned 40 I decided to run the London Marathon to celebrate my birthday. Then for my 50th birthday celebrations my son Matt and I cycled from Lands End to John O’ Groats (LeJog).

“So, as it is my 60th birthday in 2012, I had to think of a different challenge - why not the three highest peaks in the UK, with a bit of cycling in between?’’

Keith has been cycling since 1980 and used to regularly compete in time trials.

He says he now just cycles for pleasure and enters the occasional Sportive.

For the last couple of years Matt, Dave and Keith have also cycled the “Sustrans Routes”, Sea to Sea (C2C) in 2009 and the Coast and Castles ride in 2010.