Brothers’ cycle in memory of mum

The Gail Force Ten team

The Gail Force Ten team - Credit: supplied

A TEAM of cyclists from North Somerset will cycle 1,000 miles to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The 10-strong group includes Clevedon brothers Alex, Luke and Reuben Murray whose mum, Gail, died last year aged 59 following a battle with cancer. They will cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, setting off from northern Scotland on May 18, and hope to raise £10,000 in her memory.

The brothers, who have called their team Gail Force Ten, will use their own resources to help raise funds. Reuben, who co-owns Murrays of Clevedon in Hill Road with his father John, will hold a meal at the café on Saturday.

Alex and Luke are the proprietors of Bordeaux Quay on Bristol’s harbourside, where they will also host an evening dinner and entertainment on June 21.

A close friend and participant in the challenge, Steve Harvey, said: “The brothers wanted the trip to be tough so the route is going to be close to 1,000 miles which will be a massive challenge for us all.

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“Whilst the main aim is to raise as much money as we can for Cancer Research UK, a charity that is close to all of our hearts, it will also be rewarding to achieve something for ourselves as individuals just by successfully completing the ride.

“None of us were serious cyclists before agreeing to take up the challenge but we certainly have to train like professionals in preparation.

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“We are trying to get as many miles under our belts by undertaking at least one lengthy ride each week as a group in addition to our own individual training, whilst our diets have also changed and we’re now more likely to be found with a protein shake in our hand as opposed to a pint.”

The group has also received corporate sponsorship from Mercedes Benz in Weston, which is providing two vans as support vehicles. Anyone wishing to sponsor the riders can do so online at forceten

Corporate sponsorship packages will also be available at the meal on Saturday. To make a reservation call 01275 341555.

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