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In June 2018, #TeamMorson cyclists successfully completed the gruelling Coast to Coast bike ride for our 2018 charities, Francis House and Mind.
Following from last years' ride through the Peak District, the C2C route was chosen to mark the tenth consecutive Morson charity bike ride, the first of which also took place along the same route.
The C2C route took our riders from Whitehaven (home to Morson's first ever branch office) on an arduous journey across tough terrain in difficult conditions. The first day saw the riders head for Penrith through the Lake District National Park. The following day, the ride resumed from Penrith and offered by far the most difficult challenge for the team. The route continued North East towards Alston and right into the heart of the North Pennines. There were some incredibly tough climbs on this second day which really tested the teams' mental and physical endurance.
After an overnight stay in Durham, the team embarked on the final stretch of their journey, taking them from Parkhead Station, Crawleyside Bank, Stanhope all the way to Tynemouth. This was the shortest of the three days, with all riders completing the leg in just over three hours, with the terrain offering a more forgiving, downhill journey.
The riders were aided in their journey by a support crew consisting of two minibuses, one van and two cars. The support crew were on hand at various strategic rest spots along the 140-mile route to provide refreshments and respite for the tired riders, as well as being on hand to rescue any lost or stranded team members.
All in all, the ride was a huge success with all cyclists doing themselves proud on what was an incredibly difficult ride, particularly for inexperienced riders.