Tour de Friends
Band Hatton Button supports Coventry to Land's End charity challenge
A group of six friends are to test their endurance during a 300 mile challenge from Coventry to Land's End.
The group are hoping to raise £10,000 for two local charities, Myton Hospice and children's cancer charity Bethany's Wish.
They will set off from the War Memorial Park on Friday, November 6 and take part in a gruelling 48-hour run and cycle relay before arriving at the finish line at Land's End in Cornwall.
The challenge, titled 'Tour de Friends', has been organised by Coventry personal trainer Niki Stinson and friend Sally Skidmore.
It also has the backing of two corporate sponsors Coventry law firm Band Hatton Button and utilities and energy consultants Utility Team which have each donated £500.
"We've already completed an eight hour practice challenge, which consisted of a 60 mile run and cycle overnight and it went really well, considering there was very little rest between the teams going out." Niki said.
"Various members of the team have taken part in Tough Mudder and the Great North Run as well and I have also been running boot camp classes and running and cycling clubs in the Memorial Park for participants and their friends, all to ensure we are best prepared.
"The challenge will be tough - not least because many are not used to cycling on the road with other road users- but it's one we are all looking forward to since both of the chosen charities are close to the team's hearts."
Steve Calcott is one of the six team members taking part in the task and his wife Julie Calcott, who is a partner at Band Hatton Button, will be cheering him on throughout the event as one of the support team.
She said: "Band Hatton Button has a long-standing relationship with Myton Hospice and has raised money for the charity a number of times in recent years.
"And with both the participating and supporting teams having had personal experiences with Myton Hospice and Bethany's Wish previously, it feels fantastic to support the team and challenge as corporate sponsors."
Grace Breen is business manager at Utility Team in Herald Avenue and is also taking part in the challenge.
She said: "So far over just over £3,000 has been raised through fundraising efforts - including a charity race night and sponsored wax with a sponsored head shave to follow- but it will be the relay challenge that will be the most demanding challenge yet.
"Myton Hospice and Bethany's Wish are two very deserving causes and we are sure that the money raised from the challenge will allow both charities to make a real difference for those who use their services."
To support the participants with their Coventry to Land's End challenge visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/TourdeFriendstoLandsEnd