Cyclists endure 1,000-mile challenge in memory of James Cooper and James Kouzaris
THREE friends have cycled 1,000 miles to raise money for a charity set up in memory of two young men who were murdered last year.
Rob Hotchin, Steve Joiner and Paul Hough endured rain, hail, wind and snow on their nine-day ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats last month.
They set off on Friday April 13, almost one year to the day Hampton Lucy man James Cooper and his friend James Kouzaris from Northampton were shot dead by Shawn Tyson in Saratosa, Florida.
The team’s effort raised £6,500 for Always a Chance, a charity set up to change the lives of young people at risk of being involved with violent crime.
Sandy and Stan, James Cooper’s parents, said: “We would like to thank Rob, Steve and Paul for their effort and sheer determination in cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats over an incredible period of nine days whilst battling against horrendous conditions in the North of England and Scotland.
“We would also like to thank Russell Davies and Jake Dawson for efforts in the support vehicle along way and all the lads for the amazing fundraising they have done for Always A Chance.
“James would have been very proud of them.”
The team covered 110 miles each day on average, cycling for up to 12 hours each time.
Mr Hotchin said: “The hardest day was going through the Cairngorms up in the north of Scotland. “We climbed 1,500ft that day battling with strong winds, sleet and snow.
“Without the thoughts, well wishes and kind donations from everyone there was no way we would have made it, so thank you to everyone who helped in some way shape or form.”
Through education and experiences Always a Chance aims to encourage young people to make the right choices and turn their back on violence.
For more information visit http://www.alwaysachance.org.uk
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