Back in the saddle for charity

Alistair Griffin and Coast to Coast

Alistair Griffin and Coast to Coast

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YORKSHIRE singer-songwriter Alistair Griffin is to take part in his third Coast to Coast cycling challenge to raise money for charity.

Griffin, who has written the official song for the Tour de France’s Grand Départ in Yorkshire in July, will be taking to the road himself the month before in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The challenge will begin on June 20 at Grange over Sands in Cumbria, with cyclists following an undulating 150-mile route and arriving two days later in Scarborough.

It is the sixth time the challenge has been run, with last year’s event raising almost £25,000 which will fund a Marie Curie nurse for almost a whole year.

A launch event will take place on Saturday, February 15 at Your Bike Shed café in Micklegate, York, where riders who have previously completed the route will be on hand to provide advice and inspiration.

Meanwhile, Team Sky rider Josh Edmondson has joined the Yorkshire Post as Tour de France columnist. Edmondson hopes to be a part of the 101st Tour de France himself and his monthly column in the build-up to the race will provide an insight into the inner workings of Team Sky, one of the leading outfits in world cycling.

See the first instalment in Sports Weekend, Page 8.