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Sub-editor raises £3k in dad’s memory with coast-to-coast challenge

A sub-editor’s coast-to-coast challenge has raised thousands of pounds in memory of his father.

Barnsley Chronicle production editor Ashley Ball cycled from the Irish Sea to the North Sea in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, raising more than £3,000 in the process.

The ride, from Southport to Hornsea, was inspired by Ashley’s father John, who died of cancer, and a friend who works with Macmillan.

The 34-year-old wrote a diary during his four-day challenge, which has been published by the Chronicle both in print and online.

Ashley Ball

Ashley, pictured, told HTFP: “The coast-to-coast challenge was something I’d wanted to do for some time.

“I am proud that I got into such a condition that I could complete it without it being a total ordeal. I didn’t want to limp over the line in agony and I enjoyed each of the four days, even though they were all tough for different reasons.

“I rode alongside my friend Matt Goodwin who works for Macmillan and three other mates.

“We raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support, which has now gone past £3,000, but I was also riding in memory of my dad, John, who died from oesophageal cancer. He was more of a motorbiker but I am happier being powered by my legs. When it got hard I thought of him and it drove me on.

“I wanted to mark the four days by doing an old school type diary for one of our quarterly magazines. I hope it acts as a bit of a humorous guide for people who might want to take it on themselves.

“It’s hardly the Tour de France but it’s still really challenging for an amateur. But it’s worth it for the views and sense of achievement.

“We are fortunate to live on the Trans Pennine Trail in Barnsley and it was great to explore it in its entirety.”