Teamwork the key to charity cycle ride

UNTIL last month, Christopher Scrivener and Stephen Harrison had not even met each other.

But at the end of April they will set off on a 50-year-old tandem to ride the 260 miles from Huddersfield Town’s ground at the Galpharm Stadium to Brighton.

Their achievement is all the more remarkable because 20-year-old Christopher, of Woodhouse Lane, Brighouse, has been registered blind since he was a teenager and Stephen, who is 56, spent 15 years in rehabilitation following a sports injury.

The two men will be in a group of 170 cyclists - but the only ones on a tandem - aiming to finish the charity ride just before Brighton’s last home match at the Withdean Stadium. They are being sponsored to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s Keep It Up appeal.

Christopher, who started to lose his sight with a degenerative eye condition when he was 14, is a devoted Huddersfield Town fan. He was keen to support the Keep It Up appeal and was teamed up with Stephen who volunteered the use of his tandem, which has now been sprayed blue and white for the occasion. They each hope to raise £1,000.

Christopher, a former Brighouse High School student who plans to study sports science at university, said: “I am fairly fit. I put in the miles each week on an exercise bike and I play blind football but obviously it’s going to be quite a challenge riding so far on a tandem. We did a 22-mile training run at the weekend and it all seemed to go well.”

Stephen, of Upper Batley, has been teaching Christopher how to steer, brake, change gear and control the tandem.

“We really hope that Chris will be confident enough to be at the front of the tandem when we get into the Withdean Stadium on April 30,” said Stephen, a dental technician. To sponsor Christopher and Stephen log onto www.justgiving.com/chrisandsteve-keepitup or sign the sponsorship form in Londis Stores, Woodhouse Lane.