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Team CSF completes cycling challenge for Zoe's Place

The six-strong team made up of: Martin Neale, Mark Fitzpatrick, Emily Carter, David Drysdale, Cameron Pringles-Andrews and Sarah Neale completed their epic cycle for Zoe’s Place.

The team who work across Coventry Sports Foundation (CSF) venues, swapped stuffing, sweets and their own time for the saddle as part of a daring challenge to cycle from Coventry to Newquay, in aid of Coventry children’s hospice, Zoe’s Place.

Starting as an idea, the team completed their three day challenge at the beginning of June, which saw them pedal 290 miles in just 72 hours as part of their aim to raise awareness and donations for Zoe’s place. In preparation for the challenge, the team held events such as discos, a community spin-a-thon and 12 hour cycle-a-thons at both CSF sites and Sainburys.

We caught up with Martin Neale, lead organiser and manager at both Xcel Leisure Centre and the Alan Higgs Centre, on how it all went.

“We were incredibly lucky with the weather with it being warm. Throughout our journey, we kept reminding ourselves of our trip to the hospice in Ash Green and how important this challenge was. We needed this the most by day two which was the most difficult to endure, especially physically for us. With only 50 miles remaining at the end of the day two and seeing Newquay signs, this helped us not only to keep going but also helped us countdown down to the finish line.”

“We would all like to thank everyone who has supported us in preparation and during our challenge, including: Coventry Sports Foundation by allowing us to display collection boxes and use their centres in preparation and for fundraising events. Sainburys for allowing us promote and collect during the 12 hour cycle-a-thon, Parmer and Harvey for providing energy and drinks during the challenge and Nighttime for helping and collecting our bikes.” “Without this huge amount of support, we wouldn’t have been able to raise £8600 for Zoes Place.”

Zoe’s Place in Ash Green provides palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years old suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

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