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NACO Team Completes 140 Mile Cycle for Macmillan

Coast-to-Coast Cycle Challenge
140 Miles for Macmillan

Over three days, 10 NACO cyclists rode over 140 miles to support Macmillan.
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Day 1 - Whitehaven to Penrith
55 miles in support of Macmillan
On the morning of Friday 28th September, NACO gathered a group of ten by the Irish Sea at Whitehaven Marina, Cumbria. The objective was simple - raise as much money as possible for Macmillan Cancer Support by cycling over 140 miles to the North Sea, in just three days.
With five bikes in a van lost somewhere on a Lake District mountainside, two groups were naturally created (those with bikes, and those yet without!) and made there way 55 miles across Cumbria.

After cycling over the Whinlatter Pass, Team NACO were thankful to Penrith Co-operative Society for providing a well-earned drink and chocolate break at the Keswick store. Onwards and upwards (forever upwards!) to finish the day in Penrith for a hot bath and a well deserved curry. The Lake District is noted for 2 things – lakes (i.e. rain) and mountains - and the NACO team took on both that day!
Day 2 - Penrith to Allenheads

2,800ft of climbing for Macmillan
Whilst planning for the challenge our team feared two words - 'Day Two’. Climbing over 2,800 ft in a single day, crossing two county boundaries and conquering Hartside Summit at 1903 ft our team passed with flying colours, spurred on by energy drinks and the fear of disappointing all sponsors!

Day 3 - Allenheads to Tynemouth
Over £3,500 raised for Macmillan!
Sunday 30th September should have been an easy day for Team NACO, the map suggested a 50+ miles of flat/downhill cycling with a couple of small hills at the beginning of the day. We soon discovered the 'small hills' to be the most grueling of the challenge.

Conquering climbs out of Allenheads, over Rookhope and up to Parkhead,  each and every member of our team made it to the North Sea at Tynemouth. Allowing for a few wrong turns Team NACO collectively cycled almost 1,500 miles and have already raised over £3,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

To support the critical work of Macmillan Cancer Support, and to recognise the efforts of Team NACO, please donate at

If you are interested in joining our 2013 cycle challenge, please contact Matt Arrowsmith at the NACO National Office