New challenge for thrillseeking family

IN TRAINING: Mark Wadsworth, Susan Sutherland, James Sutherland, Richard Rae, Andy Bell, Craig Turner and Steve Sutherland.
IN TRAINING: Mark Wadsworth, Susan Sutherland, James Sutherland, Richard Rae, Andy Bell, Craig Turner and Steve Sutherland.
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A COMPANY boss with a taste for adventure is planning a 900-mile cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats for charity – just months after his sister sailed part way round the world for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

James Sutherland, who is managing director of glazing company Dortech, Huddersfield, has organised the LEJOG ride for the Forget-me-Not children’s hospice with friends Andy Bell, Craig Turner and Richard Rae.

Last year James’s sister, Leonie, took part in two stages of an eight-leg round the world sailing competition with Clipper, raising more than £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

James said: “I have two young daughters and couldn’t imagine anything worse than one of them being afflicted by a terminal illness. The work the hospice does is really important.

“Our team members, who all work in the construction industry. have worked hard building up the strength and stamina to make it through the 900 miles with strict diets, daily training routines and the occasional 5am early morning practice ride. On one ride, earlier in the year, the team’s water bottles actually froze!

“We all have full time jobs and families so training usually has to happen first thing in the morning or late at night. We have already managed to raise over 60 per cent of our target which is incredible.”

His dad, Steve, who is the team’s support driver, said: “The ride will be completed in a week, and the team will ride six consecutive legs, each of about 140 miles. It’s supported by Senior Aluminium Systems, Wates Construction and Balfour Beatty Construction, who have nominated a rider each and provided funds and support.”

Steve, from Hartshead, is also taking part doing 10 miles of each leg, and has started training to make sure he is prepared for the race, on May 28. His wife Susan, will be in charge of the support vehicle.

To sponsor them visit www.justgiving.com/JamesDortech.