Maths teacher swaps classroom for the outdoors

Andy Carson ready for the challenge
Andy Carson ready for the challenge
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A group of friends, who are all turning 50, are attempting the legendary 1968 Tour de France route to raise money for charity.

Clitheroe maths teacher Andy Carson, along with Will Jackson-Moore, Jerry Scagell and Simon Abrahams, are hoping to cycle 4651km in 24 days, from August 1st to 25th.
The challenge was the idea of dad-of-two, Will Jackson-Moore, who organised it to raise money for a charity set up by his cousin, Alex Smith as well as Cancer Research. Alex’s 11-year-old son, Harrison, suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Harrison’s Fund was set up in 2012 to raise money into research for treatments and a cure for the thousands of boys like Harrison. The route involves 56,125 metres of climbing - more than six times the height of Everest - with the longest day covering 327km. It takes in the borders of France and enters Belgium, Luxembourg, Andorra, Switzerland and Spain.
Andy, who has taught maths at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School since 1994 and is head of Year 11, said: “I heard about Harrison’s Fund through Will and as a dad of twins myself it really touched my heart. Plus, we are all approaching 50 and were born in 68 or 69 so thought why not the 1968 tour. I lost my mother last year to cancer and want to support the work of Cancer Research UK.”
The four cyclists will also be joined on sections of the ride by friends, Scott Burgess and James Lumpkin. To support the team please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TourdeWill