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Coast to Coast Challenge 2016

Rhys C2C

On Friday 24th June 2016, Rhys Maybrey, Theatre Co-ordinator at Bishop Auckland Hospital  accompanied by his colleagues Chris Foster ODP, and Dan James, staff nurse in Endoscopy set off from Whitehaven to undertake a Coast to Coast cycle ride along a full road route to Tynemouth covering 150 miles over 2 days.

Here Rhys shares their journey and why raising money for the Alzheimer's Society is so close to his heart:


1Rhys (left), Chris (right)

We left Whitehaven and the Irish Sea heading East to Tynemouth. We followed C2C route 7 through Mirehouse, Cleator Moor, Winder, Rowrah, Kirkland, Lamplugh, past Loweswater, Thackthwaite, Low Lorton and taking our first stop at Whinlatter forest.


We continued East through Braithwaite, Portinscale, Keswick, Saint Johns in the Vale, Threlkeld, Mungrisdale, To Greystoke, where we took our second rest break.


We also made acquaintances with the local wildlife!!


Our first day continued through Laithes, Newton Reigny, Newton Rigg, Penrith, Roundthorn, where we were joined in Langwathby by Dan James another long time work colleague.

Our final push for the first day then continued to Renwick, Bayles and up Hartside, the Highest point on the Coast to coast at 1903 feet.


We made the descent to Alston in the pouring rain to our stop over point staying at Low Byer Manor Hotel.

Day 2

Day 2 commenced with us all meeting at Low Byer Manor in Alston.


Day 2 commenced with us leaving Alston and heading East to Nenthall, Nentsbury, Nenthead, Coalcleugh to Allenheads. We continued to Rookhope and finally stopping at Stanhope for our first rest stop of the day.

We then had the log climb up Crawley side bank where we continued onto the beautiful village of Blanchland where we stopped for lunch.

After having lunch we headed past Derwent Resevoir, New Ridley, West Mickley, Ovingham, Wylam, Heddon on the Wall, Throckley, Newburn, Lemington, Scotswood, Wallsend, to Newcastle upon Tyne.


We then made our final push to Tynemouth.


You may notice in this image Chris with his arm in a sling. Chris injured his shoulder a few days before the ride, but insisted on coming. He road all 150 miles, bar brief interludes where he had to use both hands, with his arm in a sling. (What a true hero).


When I first took on this challenge I had no idea how difficult it would be, I trained for a year to do this, however I did not realise how many hills there were in England, I think I climbed and descended all of them.

I would like to thank my wife Debbie and son Nathan for all their support over the last year of training.

I would like to thank both Chris and Dan for giving up their time at very short notice to come and support me on this most amazing ride. Without them I would not have got through it. Their constant encouragement, conversation and jokes kept me riding further East.

I dedicate this to my twin brother Guy who is suffering from this terrible condition and hope the money I have raised can help to further research to benefit him and others like him.

If anyone would like to donate they can do so at:-

Published: 1 July 2016

'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after and very impressed.'

Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital