A trip to Whitby? Let’s cycle there!

Daniel Shaw, with dad Gareth Shaw, ahead of the 170 mile trip to Whitby from Lytham St Annes.
Daniel Shaw, with dad Gareth Shaw, ahead of the 170 mile trip to Whitby from Lytham St Annes.

A daring duo completed an epic 170-mile journey to the other side of the country to raise money for charity.

Gareth Shaw, 42, with son Daniel, 20, of Anchor Way, St Annes, embarked on Friday for the ride to Whitby, Yorkshire, and arrived three days later.

Gareth a former chef who now works at Blackpool Council, is raising money for the Miscarriage Association.

He said the trip is a chance to raise hundreds, if not thousands of pounds: “I wanted to give something back to the Miscarriage Association because this is a charity close to my own heart.

“I decided to go way beyond my comfort zone and train for a coast to coast bike ride that will be approximately 170 miles across country.

“The ride will go from St Annes to Robin Hood Bay taking in the Way of the Roses cycle route.

“The charity bike ride is in aid of The Miscarriage Association, who help to support medical professionals and contribute to their work in this area; as well as this, it helps to support families during what can be an upsetting and scary time.”

Gareth’s son, Daniel, who has just finished a biology course at John Moore’s University in Liverpool is raising money for the animal charity WWF UK.

He said: “After doing the St Anne’s to Liverpool distance a few times I think I inspired my dad to get on his bike.

“Since then he has been training hard.

“Then one day he said ‘let’s cycle across the country’ or some words to that effect, and so we decided we will cycle the 170 miles across country from St Annes to Robin Hoods Bay.

“I was going to do this just as a personal goal but why waste the opportunity to make some money for charity?

“So please donate if you have a spare penny or two.

“I have chosen WWF-UK as they specialise in conservation of animals which is relevant to me as I am soon officially to be a biologist.”

To donate to the pair visit their JustGiving web pages.

Gareth’s is www.justgiving.com/Gareth-Shaw2 while Daniel’s is www.justgiving.com/Daniel-Shaw5

So far the pair have raised more than £800.