Sunderland University Chancellor Steve Cram takes on Kenyan cycle challenge

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SAFC devotee and Chancellor of Sunderland University Steve Cram is embarking on one of the toughest challenges of his life.

The athlete and commentator is jumping on his bike to raise cash for COCO – the international children’s charity he co-founded over a decade ago.

The former 1500-metres world champion is part of a group tackling the Pedalsafe Kenya Cycle Challenge – a 147km route that takes them through the stunning Rift Valley in Kenya’s Maasai Land.

The 12-strong party of cyclists, which includes Sky News presenter Philippa Tomson, set out from their base camp on Sunday and they are hoping to complete the distance in just four days.

Steve said: “This area of Kenya is famous for its wildlife but it’s less well known as a cycling destination and we’ll be crossing the terrain on strength-sapping dirt tracks and undulating grassland.

“It’s going to be tough but we’ve got a great support team out here and the encouragement we’ve had from everyone who’s sponsored us has been phenomenal.”