Cyclists gear up for 162-mile challenge in aid of autism charity

A North-East charity is gearing up for its first outdoor fundraising event since lockdown started.

Ride Infinity, a 162-mile cycle ride across four counties, starts on 15 August in aid of the North East Autism Society (NEAS), which is located on the Drum Industrial Estate.

A total of 21 riders, supported by six sponsors, will tackle the ride, aiming to raise £10,000 for the charity, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The riders will include NEAS chief executive John Phillipson. He said: “Charities have been really hard hit by the pandemic, and we are no exception. We rely heavily on the generosity of fundraisers but many of our regular events have had to be cancelled or postponed during lockdown.

“The staff have done a fantastic job arranging a host of virtual events but it’s lovely to be able to get outside in the fresh air with our first major fundraising event since the lockdown began.”

The riders will pedal from the charity’s headquarters to Penrith, stay overnight, and then cycle back in a route that forms the shape of the charity’s infinity loop logo. The ride is sponsored by Gama Systems, BGL, Leathers, Cleardata, Activa, and Challenge Northumberland.

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