Friends take on mammoth charity cycling challenge

From left to right, Carl Morphet, Stephen Pammenter and Daniel Holden.
From left to right, Carl Morphet, Stephen Pammenter and Daniel Holden.
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A group of five friends are planning to push themselves to the limit with a 600 mile cycle challenge in aid of charity.

Daniel Holden, 22,Stephen Pammenter 23, Carl Morphet 23, Dewi Howell 22 and Scott Taylor-McCormick 23, all from Over Wyre, will be cycling from Blackpool Tower to the Eiffel Tower in Paris to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The ambitious challenge will begin on April 18 and the boys have given themselves seven days to complete the journey which will see them cycling more than 85 miles a day.

Daniel Holden, from Pilling said: “Over the last couple of years we have undertaken a charitable event, trying to test ourselves a little more each time. In 2012 we walked the 110 mile Cleveland Way, in 2013 we cycled the 170 miles Coast to Coast, and this year we fancied something that would really push the boundaries.

“A few of the group have had cancer affect their immediate family and it was a charity we all immediately jumped at to support. I heard on the radio recently half of us are expected to suffer from cancer in some form within out lifetime and that just reinforced how important supporting this charity really is.

“We have a lot of work to do to prepare for this but luckily, living so close to the Trough of Bowland we’ve been frequently heading up towards Dunsop Bridge and Beacon Fell to give ourselves a real work out.”

The boys have decided to travel via Crewe, Leicester Bedford, Northfleet, Dover to Calais crossing, Amiens, Chantilly and then into Paris and on to the Eiffel Tower.

Daniel who works at Barton Grange Garden Centre said: “The average day will be about 85 miles, however we have slightly shorter days around 60 miles and a whopper of a day Calais to Amiens which is over 100 miles. We’re confident and excited, but definitely realise this is going to be as much pain as enjoyment.

“Hopefully the thought of a glass or two of champagne in Paris will be enough to motivate us until the end.”

To donate to Daniel and his friends cause go to or you can donate via a textline by texting TOWR80 with the amount you would like to give to 70070. Daniel also has a donation form at Barton Grange Garden Centre for people to donate.