On Friday 24th June 2016, Rhys Maybrey, Theatre Co-ordinator at
Bishop Auckland Hospital accompanied by his colleagues
Chris Foster ODP, and Dan James, staff nurse in Endoscopy set
off from Whitehaven to undertake a Coast to Coast cycle ride along
a full road route to Tynemouth covering 150 miles over 2 days.
Here Rhys shares their journey and why raising money for the
Alzheimer's Society is so close to his heart:
We left Whitehaven and the Irish Sea heading East to Tynemouth.
We followed C2C route 7 through Mirehouse, Cleator Moor, Winder,
Rowrah, Kirkland, Lamplugh, past Loweswater, Thackthwaite, Low
Lorton and taking our first stop at Whinlatter forest.
We continued East through Braithwaite, Portinscale, Keswick,
Saint Johns in the Vale, Threlkeld, Mungrisdale, To Greystoke,
where we took our second rest break.
We also made acquaintances with the local wildlife!!
Our first day continued through Laithes, Newton Reigny, Newton
Rigg, Penrith, Roundthorn, where we were joined in Langwathby by
Dan James another long time work colleague.
Our final push for the first day then continued to Renwick,
Bayles and up Hartside, the Highest point on the Coast to coast at
We made the descent to Alston in the pouring rain to our stop
over point staying at Low Byer Manor Hotel.
Day 2 commenced with us all meeting at Low Byer Manor in
Day 2 commenced with us leaving Alston and heading East to
Nenthall, Nentsbury, Nenthead, Coalcleugh to Allenheads. We
continued to Rookhope and finally stopping at Stanhope for our
first rest stop of the day.
We then had the log climb up Crawley side bank where we
continued onto the beautiful village of Blanchland where we stopped
After having lunch we headed past Derwent Resevoir, New Ridley,
West Mickley, Ovingham, Wylam, Heddon on the Wall, Throckley,
Newburn, Lemington, Scotswood, Wallsend, to Newcastle upon
We then made our final push to Tynemouth.
You may notice in this image Chris with his arm in a sling.
Chris injured his shoulder a few days before the ride, but insisted
on coming. He road all 150 miles, bar brief interludes where he had
to use both hands, with his arm in a sling. (What a true hero).
When I first took on this challenge I had no idea how difficult
it would be, I trained for a year to do this, however I did not
realise how many hills there were in England, I think I climbed and
descended all of them.
I would like to thank my wife Debbie and son Nathan for all
their support over the last year of training.
I would like to thank both Chris and Dan for giving up their
time at very short notice to come and support me on this most
amazing ride. Without them I would not have got through it. Their
constant encouragement, conversation and jokes kept me riding
I dedicate this to my twin brother Guy who is suffering from
this terrible condition and hope the money I have raised can help
to further research to benefit him and others like him.
If anyone would like to donate they can do so at:-
Published: 1 July 2016
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham