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Hilly charity challenge for cyclist Ted

Cambridge News
16th June 2004

A teacher who usually cycles three miles to school is tackling 330 hilly miles on his three-speed bike across Scotland for charity.

Ted Coney pedals daily from his home in Great Shelford to Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge on his rare 1940s Polish military bicycle.

Last year, to celebrate his 60th birthday, he set out on the first part of his trip from Cambridge to Skye. He completed 470 miles to the Scottish border with some friends, using minor roads and old railway lines.

Mr Coney, head of art and design, used the time to research ideas for a painting he is planning. Next month he and two friends will continue where he left off and complete the trip, which he says he sees as a metaphor of his life so far, ending at Scotland's north-west coast. They will need to average 40 miles a day.

Mr Coney has been making practice trips around Norfolk and Suffolk - and he will be easily picked out from the cyclists usually spotted on long-distance routes.

"You meet hundreds of people in Lycra," said Mr Coney. "I just wear what I'm comfortable with - a Panama hat, baggy shorts and a short-sleeve shirt. I often get people asking me the way because they think I'm a local."

The money he and his two friends raise will go to Teenage Cancer, selected by Hills Road students as their chosen charity. They raised £1,200 with a fashion show earlier this year and Mr Coney hopes to add to the £300 he has already been promised.

He said: "We now have more confidence that we will make it - though this section will be hillier and I've only got three gears."

To sponsor the riders, call the college on (01223) 247251, ext 1235, or send a donation to the college bursary.


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