A GROUP of staff at Barnsley College are gearing up for a 215-mile coast to coast charity bike ride.

The group, consisting of Garry Lyon, Stuart Robinson, Mia Wesson, Kerrie Ownsworth, Simon Andrews, Paul Skelland, Darren Spreight, Moz Khokhar and Tim Walsh, will cycle to entire Trans Pennine Trail from Southport to Hornsea between August 1-3.

They will be raising money for Barnsley Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Kerrie, a member of the college's support staff, said: "I think we're all a mixture of nerves and excitment.

"We've all been doing our own individual training though a couple of us went out on our bikes at the weekend and came off them, so we've had thrills and spills."

Kerrie said they'd always done something to raise money for charity every year, but never done a challenge of this magnitude.

Stuart, a helpdesk officer, said: “We know it isn’t going to be easy for any of us, however we're all really excited and determined and will all be putting a lot of time and effort into completing the challenge.”

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