Berwick start for major coast cycle

A 22-year-old cycled along the Northumberland coast at the weekend for the first two days of his epic challenge in aid of a good cause.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 5:32 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 5:36 pm
Josh Garman in Berwick at the start of his 5,000-mile cycle challenge.
Josh Garman in Berwick at the start of his 5,000-mile cycle challenge.

Josh Garman started the 5,000-mile Hope for Hasti fund-raiser in Berwick on Saturday and finished day one in Bamburgh.

He will be pulling a self-made camper weighing about eight stone (50kg), which he will be sleeping in throughout.

Josh, from Milford near Guildford in Surrey, has been inspired by Major Chris Brannigan’s 750-mile barefoot march across the UK last year.

The Hope for Hasti charity is named after Major Brannigan's nine-year-old daughter who has the rare genetic condition Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS).

Mr Garman, who describes himself as an “amateur bikepacker”, quit his supermarket job to train for the trip – which he expects will take him about five months to complete.

Speaking on Friday, he said: “I will be going through seaside towns and small villages.

“I love the idea of connecting people and communities and bringing them together united by the rare disease cause.

“I am cycling for Hasti and other children with CdLS, but I also want to show young people how it is possible to make a difference – even during these difficult times.”

Go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/coast5000 to make a donation.

You can also follow Josh’s epic journey on both Instagram and Facebook – @expeditionjosh