The Steam Packet Company is supporting members of the Isle of Man Sub Aqua Club who are tackling a charity cycle ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

The team of three will raise money for two charities - CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and Finley’s Tracks, which was set up by the family of a young boy diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, in order to raise awareness about the degenerative illness.

Paul Leneghan will complete the full distance of 998 miles, with Sub Aqua Club Chairman Clive Bush and Secretary John Turner joining him for the middle section of around 250 miles between the Lake District and Gloucester. Paul will leave John O’Groats on Friday, April 17th, and is expected to reach Land’s End by Sunday, May 3rd.

Paul chose Finley’s Tracks to support because he wanted to raise money for one of the Island’s lesser-known charities, while Clive chose to support CRY in memory of his nephew Matthew Harris who died aged 23 as a result of an undiagnosed heart defect.

Paul said: ‘I like to set myself a challenge each year and I thought this would be a good one to do. I’ve previously cycled the canals through France, but this is a very different proposition. The team would like to thank the Steam Packet Company for its assistance in transporting our support van, and also Clive’s employer B and B Furniture, for providing the van for the trip.

‘We’d also like to thank those who have volunteered as support drivers – Clive’s wife Jackie and Marion Boyde, who are both fellow club members, my partner Rowenna Tucker, and my colleague Paul Whelan.’

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘The team is supporting two very worthwhile charities and we were only too pleased to be able to support the cyclists in some way. People in the Isle of Man do so much good work each year for charity and the community, and we try to help wherever possible.’

Anyone interested in supporting the cyclists can contact Paul on 495931 or Clive on 464218.

Isle of Man Sub Aqua Club members (left to right) Paul Leneghan, John Turner and Clive Bush will be cycling to raise funds for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and Finley’s Tracks.