Veteran duo to cycle length of GB for charity

Dave Marsland and Steve Ashton (YMCA St Annes) who are cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise money for Fylde Sharks Disability Swimming Club. Waving them off on a training session is Fylde Sharks secretary Helen Jenkins.
Dave Marsland and Steve Ashton (YMCA St Annes) who are cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise money for Fylde Sharks Disability Swimming Club. Waving them off on a training session is Fylde Sharks secretary Helen Jenkins.
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Two veteran cyclists are uniting to tackle the trek from Land’s End to John o’Groats after meeting by chance over a coffee in Lytham.

Dave Marsland, 57, and Steve Ashton, 51, aim to raise at least £4,000 to be shared between three nominated charities when they take to the road for a ride which is expected to take 10 days in June.

Dave is sports development manager of the YMCA at St Annes and got the idea of tackling the length of Britain ride after successfully undertaking the YMCA’s Y-ride around the Fylde coast last summer.

He was out for a training run, with the length of Britain ride still very much just a provisional idea, when he called into a coffee shop in Lytham and encountered Steve, who works at Marks and Spencer in St Annes, taking a rest from a cycle ride himself.

“That got us talking, I mentioned the Lands’ End to John o’Groats idea to Steve and it has just developed from there,” said Dave.

“We have been busy out training, together and separately, and we are all set for June. I hope we can raise lots of money.”

Fylde Coast YMCA, Fylde Sharks Disabled Swimming Club and the Funpod Foxes Disability Multi-Sports Club will be the charities to benefit and Sharks secretary Helen Jenkins has offered to help with road transport support on the ride, which will cover more than 870 miles.

Details from www.justgiving.com/Dave-Marsland1l and at the YMCA.