Pedal power raisis £1,500 for CAN

CAN fundraiser Shane Harris training for his charity cycle ride

On Saturday 4 September 2010 CAN supporter Shane Harris attempted to ride the gruelling 100 mile off-road cycle challenge  – the Montane Kielder 100 – to raise funds for CAN. Shane tells us more about his ride.

“I rather rashly signed up to attempt the Montane Kielder 100 in September. Could I ride  100 miles off-road in one day? The most I’d done so far is about 65 – so one thing is for sure it’s a challenge and it’s going to hurt! In summary I didn’t quite make it! You have to complete certain cut off distances within a set time to be ‘allowed’  to continue on the challenge. I made the first and second cut offs at 55 and 65 miles with time to spare, but just missed the last 80 mile cut off by only 5 mins and was forced to retire. The section that really killed me was riding the energy sapping Newcastleton Red route.

Despite binge eating energy gels and a bit of pushing I couldn’t quite make it. Still I did 80 off-road miles in 10 hrs, 24mins and 55 seconds easily beating my previous best off road cycling distance. Out of 750 entrants only 347 finished which shows just how hard it is.

But more importantly my sponsors were really generous in their support. I’d hoped to raise about £500 but have actually raised over £1,500 (or £1,900 if gift aid can be claimed). So I’d like to thank all my sponsors who gave me the will to carry on in what was an exhausting but immensely satisfying  day.”

If you’d like to support CAN and Shane his JustGiving donor page will remain open for the next 2 months.

Support Shane by  Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to CAN and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s a very efficient way to donate – I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

If you would like to support his Kielder 100 attempt please visit his JustGiving page –

“Back in 2006 I visited Eastern Nepal on a trek run by Community Action Treks and climbed the 6,225m peak – Teng Kongma (near Kangchenjunga) – with David Nightingale.

Trekking and climbing in Nepal was one of my boyhood dreams and to realise it was magical. I was also inspired by the people of Nepal and when I returned to the UK I set up a monthly standing order to support the crucial work of Community Action Nepal.”

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