Matty Brennan, 16-year-old member of Warrington Youth Club (WYC) and Mark Brocklehurst, Sharples Group MD and WYC Chair, are teaming up to ride 110k on a tandem as part of The Big Vimto 110 Charity Cycle to raise £110,000 for WYC.
The event is on Sunday 16th September 2018 and the course takes in various Cheshire villages, the Tatton Estate and starts and finishes in Great Budworth.
Until training began in July, Matty had no cycling experience at all, and although an experienced rider, Mark has only ever cycled about 20km, solo, on a tandem.
So how did Matty and Mark find themselves undertaking this massive challenge?
Matty joined WYC’s Buddy Up scheme during the summer of 2017 after learning about it from his school, Green Lane in Warrington. Buddy Up encourages independence and confidence and this led to Matty taking part in a range of demanding activities including sailing, dragon-boating and high ropes challenges. With his family’s support, Matty wants to get as far out of his comfort zone as possible, and so, with WYC keen to support the Vimto 110, the tandem bike ride was born.
As training time has been limited, courage, determination and a sense of humour (as well as Matty’s singing!) have been key to taking on this extreme challenge. By August Matty was racking up an incredible 35km per training session. This coupled with exercise bike training to build up stamina, stands him and Mark in great stead for the big day.
Matty will be supported on the 16th September by his family together with his WYC fan club!
If you want to get behind Matty and Mark’s challenge, and help raise funds for Warrington Youth Club, please check out Matty’s fundraising page at: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MattBrennan3
About The Big Vimto 110 Charity Cycle
The North West based, iconic soft drink brand Vimto is celebrating its 110th birthday. To mark this they have launched this, their biggest charity challenge yet. On Sunday 16th September 2018, 110 cyclists ride 110km to raise £110,000 for Warrington Youth Club to change the lives of 110 young people.