Glossop friends complete cycle challenge for cancer charity
Thursday 4th August 2016 @ 19:15 by Adam Higgins

A group of friends from Glossop have put their endurance to the test in three cycling challenges to raise money for charity. 

Dr Tom Little, Dan Carter, Chris Mountfort and Phil Dudley have travelled over 200 miles in the last couple of months and reached as far as Holland to complete a road bike, mountain bike and an obstacle race last week.

In doing so, they have raised over £21,000 for Prostate Cancer UK – a condition which Tom’s father David suffered from before he sadly passed away last year aged 71, two days after being admitted to Tameside Hospital with a bowel condition.

The group started with the Football League’s fourth annual bike ride from Barnsley’s Oakwell ground to Ajax’s Amsterdam Arena.

Tom, who has been a fitness coach at Preston North End FC for two years, told the Chronicle: “We rode 70 miles to Hull before taking an overnight ferry to Rotterdam, from where we cycled another 70 miles to the stadium.

“We then rode the Pennine Bridleway – 200 miles of fairly unforgiving terrain – but my dad loved the Pennine Way so it was definitely appropriate.

“Before my hip arthritis finally said no, we had a final bash at a Tough guy – probably the most brutal obstacle race around.”

Tom, 38, who lives on Sheffield Road, came up with the idea to do the challenge with his best pals to remember his popular father from Simmondley, a year on from his passing.

He added: “I wanted to do a challenge to raise money in memory of my dad. He suffered from Prostate cancer, as do thousands of men in the UK.

“I was undecided with a few challenges so, not to discriminate, we went for the triple whammy.

“The weather was good and there were no real problems, except injuries and illness on the Pennine bridleway. Phil had a cut down to the bone which got infected but he covered it in duct tape and finished the whole thing.

“The bike rides were done during the close season so there were no overlaps with work.

“Our Just Giving pages are still open – we’re in a tight race to be the top fundraising team for the ride to Amsterdam, so any donations would be gratefully accepted.”

You can support the group by donating to their pages at then /thomas-little-challanges, /chris-mountfort1/Phil-Dudley, and /Dancarter1220.