GOLFING pals are swapping clubs for bikes as they set out on the C2C route.
Durham County councillor for Dawdon Bob Arthur is joining fellow Seaham Golf Club members Dave Martin, a Sunderland-based paramedic and Gareth Williamson for the riding feat.
They aim to complete the 148-mile route from Whitehaven back to the North East in three days, starting from Wednesday, July 6.
The trio hope to raise as much money as they can in aid of the Rainbow Trust children’s charity, which has been chosen by council chairman Dennis Morgan as his selected cause for his year in office.
Coun Arthur said: “This is for children and while all causes are good, I think children’s causes are even bigger and it’s something I feel quite emotional about.
“I’m handing out sponsorship forms and we hope to get as much as we can.
“We’ve been training very hard.”
Coun Morgan added: “It’s still very early days for my term of office and already I am overwhelmed by the fantastic efforts that people have made to raise money for the rainbow trust.
“I wish them all a safe yet fun journey.”
Lisa Corfield, regional fund-raising manager for the trust, said: “Rainbow Trust is very lucky to be supported by such a pro-active group of councillors, we wish the team all the very best with their cycle challenge.”