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Cyclists plan to ride 500 miles through five countries

Bickerstaffe team raising money for WaterAid and school trips

Henry Currie, Max Cotterill and Paul Cotterill and Max's brother Joe at the top of one of the bigger climbs on Coast to Coast May 2013

A father and son are preparing to take on a gruelling challenge in an effort to raise money for good causes.

Paul Cotterill, his son Max, 14,  and Max’s best friend Henry Currie, also 14,  are planning to set off from Bickerstaffe next Friday and travel  500 miles across five countries over five days.

Paul will be raising money for WaterAid, a cause he feels strongly about, and Max will be raising money for the school trip of a lifetime to Venezuela next year.

The plan is to travel from Bickerstaffe to Preston, up through the Lakes to Scotland then across to Belfast via ferry, down to Dublin, to Holyhead, then back to Ormskirk through North Wales and Liverpool.

The group are hoping to raise around £1,000 for their endeavours, which will be the most challenging trip Max and Henry have ever faced.

Paul said: “The challenge has really come up fast but I think we’re as prepared as we can be.

“We’ve all done the coast to coast challenge before but this ride will be much more challenging, mainly due to the fact we’ll be riding into the wind for much of it, which really makes a difference.

“We’re hoping the challenge will take us five full days to complete and we’ve been doing  training rides to help us be as ready as we can be.

“I think the boys will be absolutely fine, they’re really active and, while I am a keen cyclist, it’s me I’m worried about riding up the steeper hills!”

Paul completed a 300 mile challenge last year when he and his younger son, Joe, rode from their Bickerstaffe home to Dorset, again raising money for WaterAid.

Paul said: “I’ve got a background in international aid and the work WaterAid does is fantastic.”

To support Paul visit: https://www.justgiving. com/Paul-Cotterill2

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