2:57pm Thursday 29th August 2013
By Vicki Henderson
A TEAM of 20 hotel staff are preparing themselves for a gruelling bike ride for charity.
The Rockcliffe Riders, who work at Rockcliffe Hall, in Hurworth, near Darlington, will cycle across the country in a Coast to Coast cycle challenge, starting on September 5.
The bike ride will raise funds for the Great North Air Ambulance Service, with money raised going towards the work of the service.
The team will be joined on part of the route by GNAAS patron and Tyne Tees newsreader Pam Royle.
The five star resort hosts a number of fundraising events each year in support of the service, including a Coast to Coast challenge last summer which raised £2000.
Nick Holmes, managing director Rockliffe Hall, said: “Once again we’ve been in training for this great cycling challenge, boosted by even more members of the team joining in.
“It is gruelling, but it’s nothing compared to what the amazing team at the Great North Air Ambulance Service do, saving lives week in and week out.
“We’ve chosen a new route this year – just as challenging, if not more so- and we’re readying ourselves for a mix of terrain and whatever the Northern weather might throw at us.”
The 171 mile route, beginning in Walney, in Barrow-in-Furness, in Cumbria, will take three days to complete, finishing on September 7 at Whitby.
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