Bridlington pair’s charity cycle ride to Iceland ... the store

Barry Holmes and Paul Voase cycled 70 miles for charity.

Barry Holmes and Paul Voase cycled 70 miles for charity.

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DISASTER could not stop Iceland employees from completing their 70-mile cycle ride and raising over £600 for an alzheimer charity.

Bridlington residents, Paul Voase, 38 and Barry Holmes, 39, cycled between Iceland stores from York back to their hometown, by way of Driffield and Scarborough, to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, despite one bike receiving a major puncture.

The pair left York at 8.30am on Thursday 16 August, and cycled the 30 miles to Driffield, arriving at 10am; they continued to Scarborough arriving at 1pm.

They faced disaster during the final stage of the journey to Bridlington, after Paul’s bike suffered a slow puncture and then a blow out of his back tyre forcing them to share the cycling during the final stretch.

Colleague Chris Steer was luckily on hand to take their damaged bike and put it in his car, and the team reached Bridlington by 3.30pm after an exhausting seven-hour ride.

Paul said: “It was really tough, we had put a lot of hours in with training before, but it was still hard work.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported us.”

Paul, who is store manager in Hessle, and Barry, a HR manager, were fund-raising for this charity because it is Iceland’s chosen charity for the year.

The supermarket has pledged to raise £1 million this year for Alzheimer’s Research UK to further their work towards the prevention and cure of dementia, and they are also supporting Walking With The Wounded, a charity to re-educate and re-train injured service men and women.