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Trio take on Wheelie Long Day for Love4Leah and Jo's Dreams

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 04, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • From left, Chris Coverley, Jane Powell, Carolyne Davies, and Alan Naylor.

  • From the left: Chris Coverley, Jane Powell, Carolyne Davies, and Alan Naylor.

  • From the left: Chris Coverley, Jane Powell, Carolyne Davies, and Alan Naylor.

  • Wheelie Long Day

  • From the left: Wheelie Long Day participants Alan Naylor, Chris Coverley and Pete Salmon.

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A trio of friends are to embark on a 170-mile cycle trip – all in the aid of two Leek charities.

Former Britannia employees Alan Naylor, Chris Coverley and Pete Salmon will be carrying out their 'Wheelie Long Day' challenge on Saturday, June 28, as part of the fund-raising extravaganza 'Live Life Let's Party', which is being staged at Leek Hockey Club on the same day in honour of Love4Leah and Jo's Dreams.

Alan, aged 34, Chris, aged 32, and Pete, aged 33, will be starting their two-wheeled journey from Euston, London, and travelling 170 miles back up to Leek with the aim of arriving at the evening event.

This is not the first time that they have carried out such a challenge together, as they completed a 'Wheelie Long Way' from Gretna Green to Leek several years ago which saw them complete 230 miles over a weekend in aid of Mencap.

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Alan, from Sandiford, Pete, from Lightwood, and Chris, from Meir Park, all decided to carry out their next challenge for Love4Leah and Jo's Dreams as they all used to work at Britannia with Carolyne Davies, who is helping the two charities organise the large-scale fund-raiser.

Chris said: "The Wheelie Long Way was a pretty gruelling challenge. For this challenge, we are doing less miles but aim to complete it in one day.

"It's all about team work. We encourage each other and never leave a man behind.

"It's going to be a bit of a reunion for us. We will be starting our cycle at 4am from Euston and hope to be back in Leek at around 7.45pm. so that we can arrive during the evening event of the fund-raiser."

The route will take the trio from Euston in London, through Watford and Buckingham, and then near to Coventry and then Tamworth before coming back to the Staffordshire Moorlands.

"It's nice to set ourselves such challenges but even better when we are doing it for two local worthy causes. Our aim is to raise at least £1,000."

Jane Powell, who runs the charity Love4Leah in memory of her 13-year-old daughter Leah who lost her battle to cancer last summer, said: "I think these lads are mad for taking on such a challenge. Even cycling around the block is a challenge for me."

To sponsor the trio, go online to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=WheelieLongDay&pageUrl=2

'Live Life Let's Party' is set to include a host of fun for all the family including bouncy castle, face painting, crafts stalls, rodeo, hog roast as well as a gunge tank.

A number of people have already been nominated to be 'gunged' including a football referee, school teacher, bank clerk and possibly a traffic warden. Plus see our website at www.leek-news.co.uk to see which reporter will be getting a gunging and find out how you can sponsor them.

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