A TEAM of hardy fund-raisers are set to attempt a mammoth charity feat to raise money for cancer sufferers.
The four-strong group will take on the Wacky Race Charity Challenge, a combined mountain hike and cycle ride, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Paul Short, from East Moorside, will aim to complete the Five Peaks Challenge, in Cumbria, while cyclists John Redman, from Moorside, and brothers Perry and Robert Hall, from Silksworth, will bid to finish a coast-to coast cycle route at the same time.
The event will be especially poignant for Paul, 47, whose mum Gina, 65, from Humbledon, died from a brain tumour earlier this year.
“Both tasks are extremely tough, but it’s nothing compared to what people suffer either directly or indirectly through cancer,” said Paul. “We’re asking people to dig deep.
“Together, we can try and make a difference and help families through the awful process of living and dealing with cancer.”
The challenge will begin in the early hours at two starting points 150 miles apart, although finishing in the same town.
Paul, who will walk from Wasdale Head - scaling Sca Fell, Scafell Pike, Great End, Helvellyn and Skiddaw - to Moot Hall, in Keswick.
The IT worker hopes to complete the 37-mile trek, which includes a 3,700m ascent and descent, and match the cyclists time of 18 hours.
“We’ve all been putting in a lot of training,” said Paul. “It’s not something you just decide to do on the spur of the moment. It’s going to be tough, but we’re all determined to see it through to the end.”
The trio of cyclists will set off from Roker beach, in Sunderland, and follow a 180-mile route to Whitehaven, before turning around and heading back to Moot Hall.
“A lot depends on the weather, for both teams,” added Paul. “Hopefully, it will stay dry and we’ll get through it in time.”
For more information about the charity event on June 4 or to make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/therace-macmillan/