A ‘Berry’ long bike ride

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12th June 2013

MS3 Craven Park provided the finish line for the Big Super League Cycle Challenge last week as Robins’ Scholarship Manager Kevin Berry pedalled into east Hull after six days on the road.

Accompanied by nephew, David Berry, and friend Chris Noble, Kevin started the challenge at the Twickenham Stoop in London and ended it at the home of the red and whites ahead of last Friday’s clash with the Huddersfield Giants.

Kevin was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2010 and alongside David and Chris, cycled to all 13 of the UK-based Super League clubs to raise much-needed funds for the Hull and East Riding Fundraising Group of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

All three men looked shattered when they rolled into MS3 Craven Park where they were met by a large number of family and friends who were on hand to welcome them home.

“From starting out at the Twickenham Stoop to ending the ride at Craven Park, it was an adventure to say the least!” Kevin said. “The weather was absolutely brilliant though and we couldn’t have hoped for better really. If the weather had been bad I doubt we’d have made of it – the sun being out made a big difference.

“We ran into a lot of potholes, always seemed to be going uphill rather than down and got lost in Manchester as well. We just couldn’t find the right road to get out and everyone we asked sent us the wrong way. We had a good couple of hours biking around Manchester before we eventually found our way out!”

Having completed the arduous ride, Kevin, David and Chris took in a bit of relaxation just hours later as they watched the Robins put in a great display to beat the Giants.

They were also welcomed onto the pitch prior to the game where several players from the Robins’ Scholarship programme presented them with a cheque for £1400. It was a great fundraising effort from the youngsters and Kevin admits that they won’t know the final total raised from the challenge for a few weeks yet.

“At the minute we have no idea how much we’ve raised,” he added. “We’ve got money still coming in and also have a night planned for June 29th when we’ll be auctioning off memorabilia that we picked up from clubs along the way. It’ll probably be the end of the month when we get around to counting everything up and seeing what the final figure is.

“The challenge was tougher than we expected it to be but all three of us really enjoyed it and have had terrific support from everyone. I can’t ever see us doing it again though!”

If you’d like to make a donation you can still do so by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/cyclingchallenge

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