CYCLISTS will get on their bikes for a 12-hour challenge in aid of Sport Relief.
Bede and Byron Cycle Club, based at St Bede’s RC School in Peterlee, will launch the Dalton Dozen event on Sunday, with cyclists of all ages invited to saddle up.
It will take place from 6am to 6pm on the new and yet-to-open road behind Dalton Park, in Murton, which is in place ready for a new business park to be built on the former Hawthorn cokeworks site.
Organisers have received permission from Durham County Council to use the road as a cycle track for the day.
Phil Dowell, a design and technology teacher at the school, said: “Our intention is to encourage as many people as possible to take part while raising money for a good cause.
“The idea is that cyclists will complete 12 minutes, 12 laps, 12 miles or kilometres or even 12 hours to raise money, whatever fits their ability.
“Some members are hoping to cycle 100 miles.”
The club was formed at the beginning of the year to encourage youngsters and their families to take up cycling.
It has 25 members, including four teachers, and the number is growing each time they organise events.
The group meets each Sunday at Shotton Colliery Community Centre at 9.30am and heads to areas including Seaham, Murton, and south of East Durham. The rides are suitable for all abilities.
Anyone who would like more information about the club of the Dalton Dozen fund-raiser can call the school on 586 2291.