Saddling up to get youngsters on tour

The Wyre Widers (from left):  Andy Riches, Vaughan Evans, Jon Amor and Stefan Bamber are heading offf on a charity ride.
The Wyre Widers (from left): Andy Riches, Vaughan Evans, Jon Amor and Stefan Bamber are heading offf on a charity ride.

Five cyclists with Fleetwood Rugby Club connections are limbering up for an epic coast to coast charity ride.

The riders - Andy Riches (51), Vaughan Evans (50), Jon Amor (45), Stefan Bamber (44) and Ian Cameron (54) - are riding from the Irish Sea to the North Sea when they peddle from Workington to Sunderland.

They will be taking on the 155-mile challenge over three days, from Friday March 27 to Sunday March 29.

Known collectively as the Wyreside Widers, the charity cyclists are fund-raising on behalf of two worthy causes, Northwest Air Ambulance and Fleetwood Rugby Club Under-15’s tour fund.

They all have previous form for cycling challenges, having successfully completed the 149-mile Barrow and Back challenge last year.

Jon, of Crossway, Cleveleys, is the Under-15s coach and said: “The squad is going up to Cumbria in March for a long weekend, when they will play under-15s sides from Cockermouth and Netherall. It is a great experience for them but the overall cost is £6,000 and we are looking to cover a fair bit of the expense.

“We are also supporting the Air Ambulance. This cause is an ideal charity for us because it has been used many times over the years by injured players at Fleetwood Rugby Club.

“We’ve set a target of £3,000 and we think its definitely reachable. We would welcome any help, large or small.”

He added: “The ride is a bit of a challenge, but we’ll be pacing ourselves!”

Providing vital support for the lads is driver Martin Bostock, former photographer with the Weekly News and Gazette.

Anyone who may be able to assist should text WIDE63 to 70070, log onto the Facebook page Coast to Coast or contact Jon Amor on 07595176136.