Ottery teen cycling length of Britain for charity

An Ottery teenager will cycle the length of Britain with his two cousins for a trio of cancer charities.

Chris Williams, 16, is taking on the 900-mile challenge from Land’s End to John O’Groats, after being asked to join a team riding in memory of a cycling-mad great-uncle.

He, along with his two younger cousins, Sam, 15, and Ollie, 13 and their dad Andy Turner, hope to do the entire journey in just 11 days this summer.

Chris said: “It’s going to be really tough, I’ve never really don anything like this before.”

The family team hope to pedal their way to �26,000 in donations, to be shared between Sidmouth Hospiscare, Cancer Research UK and Hospiscare Devon.

The cash is the typical annual salary of a hospice nurse.

Sam and Ollie have been training under a military-style regime led by Newton Poppleford Royal Marine Mike Cooper, who has completed the challenge five times before.

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But Chris has only just got back from Val D’Isere, where he qualified to become a skiing instructor, and will have to catch his younger cousins up in terms of training.

He admits it will be a monumental task to complete the length of Britain ride, as they will have to average a gruelling 80 miles per day.

He said: “I’m going out doing 35 to 40 miles, three times a week.

“But we’re going to start trying to do a hundred miles in a day, and in a reasonable time, by next month.”

Chris sets off on the challenge in August, and the group is looking for sponsorship as well as donations to their causes.

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