Forever Manchester supporter, Craig Keatley is took on an incredible on Wednesday 9th September.
Craig cycled 200 miles in one day, which is a huge ask for an amateur cyclist. To put it into perspective, the longest stage of the Tour de France is 124 miles. The Tour de France is raced by the world’s elite cyclists, and Craig cycled further than they do in a day.
On 2nd July this year, Craig came to FM Towers and spoke to our staff about this huge challenge that he’d set himself. Craig decided he wanted to cycle from Manchester to London in one day to raise money for Forever Manchester, and today’s the day!
The gruelling ride was be 200 miles and Craig did it in 20 hours. Craig will be set off from the cobbles of Coronation Street and headed down to London’s Elstree Studios, where Eastenders is filmed all in one day.
During his journey, Craig also headed to the primary school in Davyhulme where he’s been on the PTA for the last six years. All 500 children came out cheering him on and wishing him the best of luck.
Craig was be kindly accompanied by his good friend Stuart Quinn, who hadn’t done a lengthy cycle before, but he was determined. Craig has previously cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End but had never cycled this far in just one day.
Hailing from Stretford, Craig is an active member in his community with the local school and other activities. With his passion for his local area, Craig hopes to raise over £2,500 during the course of the challenge and wants you to help.
So far Craig has raised a staggering £2,100 and we’re hoping that we can give him that extra push for him to hit his £2,500 target. If you’d like to help, head to his JustGiving page.
Of the preparations for the cycle, Craig said: “So far I’ve reached a maximum of 170 miles in a day. It’s going to be a tough ask and a gruelling day, however I’m determined to finish my goal; and that is to cycle 200 miles in one go.”