Cycling colleagues set off on UK charity ride

Darryl McLean (left) and Alex Cran, from Silentnight in Barnoldswick, are cycling from Land's End to John o' Groats. Pic: Jonathan Pow.
Darryl McLean (left) and Alex Cran, from Silentnight in Barnoldswick, are cycling from Land's End to John o' Groats. Pic: Jonathan Pow.
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Two peddling pals have switched crunching numbers for grinding gears as they set off on a 10-day 976 mile charity cycle ride.

Finance Director Alex Cran and Finance Controller Darryl McLean, both colleagues at Silentnight in Barnoldswick, have been training together since the new year in preparation for the Land’s End to John o’ Groats challenge.

Alex Cran (left) and Darryl McLean, from Silentnight in Barnoldswick, 

are cycling the 10-day 976 mile route for the Dreams Come True charity. Pic: Jonathan Pow.

Alex Cran (left) and Darryl McLean, from Silentnight in Barnoldswick, are cycling the 10-day 976 mile route for the Dreams Come True charity. Pic: Jonathan Pow.

The duo, known as the “Pendle peddlers”, are hoping to raise at least £1,000 for Dreams Come True which is dedicated to helping children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions to fulfil a dream, such as meeting their heroes, visiting special places or enjoying amazing experiences.

Alex and Darryl, who set off yesterday, will be joined on the fifth day of the trip, from Leigh to Bowness, by Commonwealth hopeful Amy Gornall (19), whom the bed maker is sponsoring for 2016.

Speaking about the event, Alex said: “Darryl and I are excited to set off on this adventure and have been training hard to get here.

“We’re both experienced cyclists but have never done such a long and gruelling journey before.

“There will be plenty of hills on the way, including going over two Scottish ski resorts - so it will certainly be a challenge!.”

Darryl added: “The aim is to finish the race in ten days - cycling close to 100 miles a day - and we are determined to keep up the pace to make it happen!

“The work that Dreams Come True does to bring moments of joy into the lives of seriously ill children is so inspiring and will drive Alex and I forward over the coming days.”

Nick Booth, Marketing Director as Silentnight, said: “We wish Darryl and Alex all the best for their challenge and are delighted they are doing this in support of our nominated charity, Dreams Come True.”

To donate and help Alex and Darryl towards their £1,000 target, please visit the JustGiving page here.