FORMER world champion runner and SAFC fan Steve Cram has completed one of his toughest challenges yet and helped raise £15,000 for charity.
The Chancellor of Sunderland University got on his bike to ride 147km across Kenya to raise cash for COCO – the international children’s charity he co-founded over a decade ago.
He was one of a group of 12 who tackled the Pedalsafe Kenya Cycle Challenge – a route that took them through the Rift Valley in Kenya’s Maasai Land.
The funds raised have enabled the building of a classroom at the remote Maasai village of Olorte and the cyclists joined local chiefs, elders and community representatives – some of whom had walked 15km – for the official opening ceremony. Steve said: “This has undoubtedly been one of the toughest and most inspiring things I’ve ever done.
“However, when we got to Olorte, met the children and saw how much the new classroom meant to them, all the effort was instantly worthwhile.
“For all of us, it was undoubtedly the highlight and gave the tough final day a real purpose.”