The tutus reach John O'Groats!

Listeners get inside track on charity tandem ride

Radio Clatterbridge listeners have had the inside track on a thousand-mile tandem ride for teenage cancer charities.

Debbie Edge came into the studio after successfully completing the challenge to cycle the length of the country with her friend while wearing tutus!

Regular listeners will have heard the updates as Debbie and pal Suzy Cramb cycled all the way from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

They decided to raise funds after Suzy’s 19 year old son was diagnosed with bone cancer two and a half years ago.

“Cancer shouldn’t happen to anybody but when it happens to a young person it’s really not on. As soon as Suzy’s son got cancer, it only seemed right that the charities he benefited from got massive support.” – Debbie Edge

The pair decided to stand out from the crowd by taking part in the ride dressed in tutus to keep up visibility for their fundraising.

Thanking everyone for their support, Debbie revealed how they raised £19,000 before they started with a series of preview events and have now doubled that figure.

All proceeds are going to the Teenage Cancer Trust, which funds two experts staff on Sulby Ward in The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

But not everything went to plan.

Listeners heard again the moment the chain came off the tandem live on air mid-cycle on the road to Inverness.

They also added more than a few extra miles towards their total distance of 1,059 miles after getting lost a few times.

Debbie said the pair, who both trained for the journey, both got stronger throughout the 13 days.

The hardest moment, she added, was tackling the gruelling Lecht in Scotland – a tough 20% incline!

Debbie Edge and Richard Hill in studio
Debbie Edge and Richard Hill in studio

She was joined in the studio by Richard Hill who joined in for two days, completing 160 miles of the journey.

He told Coffee Club presenter Steve Evans how he feels proud but thought his achievement paled into insignificance when compared to the ladies’ effort.

“I think what Debbie and Suzy did was just great… I was lucky just to see that short stretch and loved it.” – Richard Hill

The group had lots of people tooting their horns for teenage cancer on their journey up the UK.

Listeners heard everyone had plenty of energy – with enough meat to feed the 70 cyclists who took part throughout the fortnight, thanks to Debbie’s husband – New Ferry butcher Callum Edge.

But it was a constant supply of home-made cakes which means that both Debbie and Suzy actually finished the task heavier than they started.

“We will have been using a lot of calories but clearly we ate a few more!” – Debbie Edge

You can still donate on their fundraising page or text TUTU81 £2 or more to 70070.