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Cycle pair’s towering achievement

Shaun Gill, left, and Ben Spriggs reach Brian House children's hospice after cycling from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to Blackpool Tower.

Shaun Gill, left, and Ben Spriggs reach Brian House children's hospice after cycling from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to Blackpool Tower.

It was a mammoth challenge full of complications, but a cycling duo have completed their Tower to Tower trek for Brian House children’s hospice.

Ben Spriggs and Shaun Gill cycled from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to Blackpool Tower in six days, battling a sat nav that put them on the wrong track, strong head winds, several punctures and even a dog bite.

But they made it back in one piece at the weekend, and even continued on to Brian House, on Low Moor Road, Bispham, where a welcome party cheered them home.

Ben, 25, said: “We have very, very sore legs but we are so proud of ourselves for what we have done. It has taken a lot of hard work, but we got there in the end.”

Ben, of Wesham, said on their way through France they went down a track which was blocked by three small dogs who weren’t on leads.

As he went passed one of them bit him on the leg.

“It didn’t stop me,” he added.

“We just had to carry on.

“We ended up doing more cycling than we thought we would, but we’re so pleased we did it in six days.”

The challenge was held to raise money for the hospice, where Ben’s two-year-old son, Malachy, receives care for a complex condition.

He was waiting for the pair at Brian House with his older brother Ellis, four, and mum Natalie.

“Seeing them all there cheering us on brought tears to my eyes,” Ben said.

Ben and Shaun are collecting their sponsorship this week and don’t know what their total amount is yet, though their Just Giving account has already reached £1,280.

 

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