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Colleagues Ready For Fundraising Ride

Monday June 24 2013


We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley


A TEAM of five bus engineers are getting off the bus and onto two wheels to pedal from Manchester to Blackpool - and then come back again on the same day.

Arriva's workshop manager Derek Gibson is heading the adventure along with four Barnsley engineers, Kevin Pyne, Kevin Briscoe, Andrew Noble and Phil Kilgariff will be pedalling away on July 14.

They have already collected more than £1,000 in sponsorship for Hollybank Trust, which runs Sheffield Road-based Oak House. It caters for adults with profound and multiple disabilities.

The 120-mile journey will mean the team having to leave at 4am to go to Manchester.

"We're all keen cyclists who got interested in cycling with the Cycle to Work scheme at Arriva," said Kevin Pyne.

"We were going to do it one way then realised we had to come back, so we will do it all in the same day. It’s going to be a long day but it’s not a race so if it takes 10 hours then that’s fine.

"We have been training most days on our bikes then going out for longer rides of up to 70 miles at the weekend."

For more information on the intrepid cyclists' attempt, click here.

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