Saddle sore but elated seven seater cyclists return home

Joseph Bulmer

From Bristol to Cornwall atop a seven seater circular bicycle, the Magnificent Seven Rides Again raise funds and awareness for Children’s Hospice South West.

SEVEN seats, 14 pedals, one set of handlebars, a single gear and 304 miles all took their toll on a “Magnificent Seven” team of fund raisers who have just pedalled a circular bicycle from Bristol to Cornwall.

The latest unusual charity challenge by David Butt, Steve Warner and friends was once again raising money for Children’s Hospice South West and the team called at each of the charity’s hospices – Bristol’s Charlton Farm, Little Bridge House in Fremington and finally the newly completed Little Harbour in St Austell.

A team of 12 took turns to ride the unusual contraption, which was provided by Get Cycling based in York. Seven cyclists faced each other in a circle as they pedalled, whilst supporters along the route were invited to join them for part of the journey.

“It was one of the hardest things I have ever done,” admitted a tired David Butt.

“It only has one gear and I think everyone who had a go realised what we went through – I am never going to Cornwall without a car again. When we got to Little Harbour we were absolutely shattered, but elated.”

They arrived back in Barnstaple on Saturday and visited the FoodFest at the Pannier Market on Sunday, joined by 84-year-old Edwin Shackleton from Bristol, who is in the Guinness Book of Records for riding most forms of transport and was keen to make it number 208 with a seven-seater bicycle.

Anyone who missed the chance to sponsor the cyclists can still do so via www.justgiving.com/magnificent7rideagain or text MAGN77 �3 �5 or �10 to 70070.

* MANCHESTER UNITED has presented the Magnificent Seven Rides Again team with a football shirt signed by Patrice Evra, which will be auctioned off this week for the hospice.

The bidding stands at �80 and anyone who would like to improve on that is invited to phone or text David Butt on 07818 037726 to make their confidential bid. Bidding closes at 12 noon on Saturday.

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