Clitheroe cyclist’s 1,000-mile trek for multiple sclerosis research

Charity cyclist Craig Rawsthorne
Charity cyclist Craig Rawsthorne

Keen cyclist Craig Rawsthorne says he was once accused of being lazy. But he is disproving that by preparing to cycle more than 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John o’Groats in aid of Multiple Sclerosis research.

Craig (35), manager at Total Foodservice, Clitheroe, will ride with team mates Graham Sheard, from Chorley, and Bob Parker, from Burnley, in mid-July.

He is raising money for MS research because his mum’s husband, Philip, has multiple sclerosis and is permanently in a wheelchair.

Craig said: “I’ve done several challenges over the last few years, but this will be by far the biggest yet.

“I’ve worked tirelessly training this last four months – and the saddle doesn’t get any more comfortable. There will be blood, sweat and tears, but at the end of the day it’s for a great cause and a few days of pain for me is nothing to what the people with MS and their carers go through every single day.”

The actual distance end-to-end is 874 miles, but the team’s route will take in a few scenic detours so the distance will be more than 1,000 miles.

He said: “Somebody once called me lazy, but it was lazy people that invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things!”

A glutton for punishment, Craig also intends to climb the National Six Peaks of Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike, Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland, Corran Tuathail in Southern Ireland and Snaefell on the Isle of Man.

l To sponsor Craig,visit www.justgiving.com/craig raw or call 07788 971 227.