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Fri 25/09/2009 - Sustrans Coasts and Castles South

Sustrans Coasts and Castles South

Sustrans throws open a three-day sponsored cycling challenge

Event: 25th Sept 2009

A three-day cycling challenge covering 176-miles of the magnificent Coasts and Castles South cycle route will take place this autumn in support of Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity.

Sustrans is now welcoming entries from anyone eager to take the challenge, either as an individual or as a team. The sponsored ride will start from Gateshead on Friday 25 September and arrive in Edinburgh on Sunday 27 September 2009.

The ride, organised with help from Riot Events, will give cyclists an opportunity to take a two-wheeled challenge, whilst raising money to help support the vital work of Sustrans.

Jenny Sheriff, Sustrans' Fundraising Director, said: 'The ride will cross a part of the UK that is steeped in history, offers breathtaking scenery and is home to some spectacular wildlife. All this, combined with the satisfaction of completing a 200-mile ride should make it a truly uplifting experience.

'Those who take part in the ride will be among thousands of others that help to raise money in support of Sustrans' vital work. They are incredibly important, as great walking and cycling routes like Coasts and Castles South would not exist without them.'

The ride will follow National Routes 1 and 76 of the National Cycle Network. Historical sites like Hadrian's Wall and Arthur's Seat will feature on the trip, as well as the dramatic Edinburgh Castle at the ride's end in the Scottish capital.

Other ride highlights will include crossing the iconic Gateshead Millennium Bridge, a picnic overlooking the unspoilt island of Lindisfarne, and an exclusive tour and dinner at the medieval Alnwick Castle, where parts of the new Harry Potter film were made.

Participants will need to contribute a minimum of £120 to cover the cost of the trip, which will include meals, camping accommodation, maps and other limited edition Sustrans goodies. They will also need to raise at least £500 each in sponsorship, which will support Sustrans' work, including helping to maintain and develop the 12,000 miles of National Cycle Network across the UK.

To find out more about the ride or to request an application pack, visit call 0117 381 2354 or email

Or, to find out about other ways to support Sustrans visit and click on 'Support Sustrans'