Mudpackers Mountain Bike Club complete Welsh Coast to Coast charity marathon

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Eleven riders from a Pendle-based cycling club - accompanised by two support drivers - have completed the 232-mile Welsh Coast to Coast journey to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The riders are members of the Mudpackers Mountain Bike Club and have completed several other long-distance charity rides in recent years.

The latest ride began in Conwy, North Wales, and finished in Swansea on its southern coast.

The vast majority of the ride was off road on bridleways and encompassed a few of the mountain ranges Wales has to offer!

The ride was divided into six days; an average of 38.5 miles a day, requiring the riders to be competent with map and compass skills.

The day journeys were:

Day 1:- Conwy - Ffestiniog, 36 miles

Day 2:- Ffestiniog - Machynlleth, 50 miles

Day 3:- Machynlleth - Devil’s Bridge, 25 miles

Day 4:- Devil’s Bridge - Builth Wells, 49 miles

Day 5:- Builth Wells - Brecon, 36 miles

Day 6:- Brecon - Swansea, 36 miles

The donations and funds raised will help people and their families helped by the two charities when they are needed the most.

One of the riders said: “Nothing beats the feeling you have made a real and lasting difference to the lives of others around you, and hopefully the funds raised will go towards that.”

The Mudpackers were supported by Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service, Grassroots Grants, Community Foundation for Lancashire and Hillendale and thank all who supported and sponsored them along the way.