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On the first weekend of July members of the Carlisle RFC senior squad took part in the official C2C bike ride in oreder to raise money for a former player of the club, David Murray who was sadly killed in Afghanistan in June last year. David played all his youth rugby through Carlisle and attended Trinity School, Carlisle where many of the guys attended. The lads decided to raise money to donate to the parachute regiment where David served his time in the Army.

The route was the official C2C route which started at Whitehaven and finished at Sunderland over 3 days. On day one the route went through the west of the lakes to Keswick where the guys got caught in a torrential downpour whilst peddeling up Winlatter Pass! This was something like a training session in January! However they battled on through the bad weather from Keswick towards Mungrisdale and Greystoke before finally reaching Penrith at the end of Day 1. Having cycled 55 miles everyone was ready for a nice break and a well earned drink…or two! Apart from Alex Margerison who decided to take a quick de-tour just to remind himself what Penrith rugby club looked like! They obviously don’t do map reading at Austin Friars School!
Day 2 started with a gentle climb out of Penrith before descending through Langwathby then upto the foot of Hartside. The climb up Hartside lasted at least 20 minutes but the slice of cake at the top was well worth the effort! From Hartside the route travelled uphill onto Garigill, Nenthead, Allenheads and Rookhope…before there was any sign of a downhill! Luckily the weather was fine and the years supply of sweets and water in the van helped tremendously. Finally the guys reached the bunkhouse at Eastgate which was more like Noah’s ark due to it’s vast amount of animals which lived there. Oli Barker would have fit right in.
Finally Day 3 started with the unfortunate news of another former Austin Friars pupil James Clark also suffering from the lack of map skills and biking an extra 5 miles before taking on a 20 minute hill, however this could be due to a dodgy home made cocktail from James Armiger the night before! From Eastgate the lads travelled to Stanhope and up Crawleyside before heading along an 8 mile track to Consett. From Consett they headed towards the East coast past Beamish and Chester le-street before finally reaching Roker pier, Sunderland 134 miles after leaving sunny Whitehaven on Friday morning.
In total the lads have raised well over £2000 and are still collecting money. It was a fantastic weekend which was enjoyed by all…well, nearly all! Well done to everybody who took part and a huge thankyou to everybody who contributed!
Many Thanks
James Armiger, James Clark, Alex Margerison, Phil Coulthard, Duncan Foster, Oliver Barker, Lloyd Boothroyd, Ben Blain and Gary Hill who drove the van.

Coast to coast bike ride, Whitehaven to Sunderland 3rd, 4th and 5th July 2009

At the harbour

At the harbour

On the first weekend of July, members of the Carlisle RFC senior squad took part in the official C2C bike ride to raise money for a former player of the club, David Murray who was sadly killed in Afghanistan in June last year.

David played all his youth rugby through Carlisle and attended Trinity School, along with many of his rugby colleagues. The lads decided to raise money to donate to the parachute regiment where David served his time in the Army.

All ready to go

All ready to go

The official C2C route started at Whitehaven and finished at Sunderland, taking three day to complete. On day one the route went through the west of the Lake District to Keswick where the guys got caught in a torrential downpour whilst peddeling up Whinlatter Pass! This was something like a training session in January! However they battled on through the bad weather from Keswick towards Mungrisdale and Greystoke, before finally reaching Penrith at the end of Day 1.

Having cycled 55 miles, everyone was ready for a nice break and a well earned drink…or two! Apart from Alex Margerison who decided to take a quick de-tour just to remind himself what Penrith rugby club looked like! They obviously don’t do map reading at Austin Friars School!

Day 2 started with a gentle climb out of Penrith before descending through Langwathby then up to the foot of Hartside. The climb up Hartside lasted at least 20 minutes but the slice of cake at the top was well worth the effort! From Hartside the route

Cyclists reach Hartside summit

Cyclists reach Hartside summit

travelled uphill onto Garigill, Nenthead, Allenheads and Rookhope…before there was any sign of a downhill! Luckily the weather was fine and the years supply of sweets and water in the van helped tremendously. Finally the guys reached the bunkhouse at Eastgate which was more like Noah’s ark due to it’s vast amount of animals which lived there. Oli Barker would have fit right in.

Finally, Day 3 started with the unfortunate news of another former Austin Friars pupil James Clark also suffering from the lack of map skills and biking an extra 5 miles before taking on a 20 minute hill, however this could be due to a dodgy home made cocktail from James Armiger the night before! From Eastgate the lads travelled to Stanhope and up Crawleyside before heading along an 8 mile track to Consett. From Consett they headed towards the East coast past Beamish and Chester le-street before finally reaching Roker pier, Sunderland 134 miles after leaving sunny Whitehaven on Friday morning.

Welcome to Northumberland Guys!

Welcome to Northumberland Guys!

In total the lads have raised well over £2000 and are still collecting money. It was a fantastic weekend which was enjoyed by all…well, nearly all! Well done to everybody who took part and a huge thank you to everybody who contributed!

Many Thanks

James Armiger, James Clark, Alex Margerison, Phil Coulthard, Duncan Foster, Oliver Barker, Lloyd Boothroyd, Ben Blain and Gary Hill who drove the van.

Find out more about the Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route.