Forest Gate cyclists prepare for mammoth expedition

Cycling enthusiasts in Forest Gate are planning a long distance expedition to raise money for an equipment shed.

Around 24 members of environmental group Newham Watersmeet Woodcraft Folk will embark on a sponsored cycle from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Sunderland from April 9 to 14.

Suzannah Walker, a volunteer along with her son Arwel, said: “I’m very excited about the challenge, although I expect it will be a bit different from commuting in London, which we are used to.

“I could either be really lovely or really foul depending on the weather and the distance.

“I’m very much looking forward to the downhill rides.”

The charity, which is run by volunteers based at Durning Hall, Forest Gate, have been promoting cycling as well as teaching its younger members about environmental and global issues through outdoor activities.

They hope to raise enough money for an equipment shed in Debden, Essex.

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To prepare for the challenge, the group have taken part in various training activities including Transport for London’s Bikeability cycling proficiency scheme to improve their road awareness.