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Charity Challenge 2024 - Press Release

Local cyclists were riding high for their latest charity challenge - and climbed the equivalent of almost A HUNDRED Mount Everests in a month.

Some 152 members from Portishead and Clevedon cycling clubs signed up for the fun contest to see how many metres they could each climb in just four weeks.

And at the final count they had scaled a combined 877,809 metres - 99 times Everest’s 8,848m summit.

Top performer was cycling endurance record holder - and Portishead Cycling Club member - Alan Colville who claimed one of the Everests himself in just 13 hours.

He rode up Avon Way in Portishead a grueling 108 times, with a variety of fellow riders accompanying him at different times.

The climbing challenge raised £4,200 for charity with a raffle of prizes donated by local businesses and other sponsorship boosting the total.

It was organised by Portishead Cycling Club who have now raised £25,000 for charity since April 2020.

This year’s good cause was the Portishead-based Be More Ben charity which supports families affected by the death of a child under the age of 18.

It was founded in 2018 by parents Shane and Sarah Pritchard after they found a huge gap in support following the death of their son Ben from cancer at the age of eight.

In previous years the club has raised money for the Trussell Trust, Gympanzees, St. Peter’s Hospice and the Jessie May Trust.

PCC spokesman Ben George said: “It was a fun way of bringing the two clubs together and for a very worthwhile cause.

“We hope to get other local clubs joining us in future years for our next charity challenges and build on what we’ve raised so far.”

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