A GROUP of cyclists better known locally for their football skills have completed a fundraising Coast to Coast ride.

Members of Richmond Town Football Club swapped their shin pads for Lycra for the ride from June 6 to June 7 in the hope of raising as much as possible for the ever-growing club.

Richard Laviolette, fundraising officer for the club, said: “We have 21 sections of the club now and the costs of running and maintaining them mean we need to keep money coming in.

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“There are five senior teams and the rest are juniors and girls – our aim is to get to around £5,000.”

31 riders set off from Richmond with the help of Dowse Removals and Pattison minibus hire to take them to their starting destination of Whitehaven.

Mr Laviolette said: “Without the help of the local companies we couldn’t have done it.

“All riders had to raise at least £200 each so that was quite a challenge in itself, but I was determined that we would raise a really good amount for the club.

“We are trying to get Northern League status and get our own ground, and we are always looking for sponsors – if anyone is interested please get in touch with the club.”

For more information contact richlav@hotmail.com or visit http://www.richmondtownfc.org.