Drivers Accept Devon Cycle Challenge

Drivers from Stagecoach Manchester’s Hyde Road and Middleton depots take up Tarka trail

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Tarka Trail Two-Wheeled Task Taken With Both Hands: the five drivers from Hyde Road and Middleton depot who cycled through Devon. Image courtesy of Tangerine PR Ltd, 2016.

For thirty miles across Devon, Stagecoach Manchester staff from their Middleton and Hyde Road depots swapped four wheels for two. Their aim: to raise some money for Manchester-based charity, Prevent Breast Cancer. Formerly known as Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention, they undertake ground-breaking research into the prediction and prevention of breast cancer. 50,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

Mike Redeyoff, Scott Walker, Warren Harris, Nick Painter and Steve Robinson took on the challenging Tarka Trail from Braunton to Meeth, a 30-mile stretch along one of Devon’s old railway line. They raised nearly £500 for Stagecoach Manchester’s charity of the year.

The Tarka Trail starts at Meeth before reaching the North Devon coast at Westward Ho! It skirts along the Taw estuary from there to Braunton via Barnstaple. At Barnstaple, the trail meets up with The Tarka Line from Barnstaple to Exeter St. Davids. Braunston Burrows is an active dune system where the North Devon Biosphere has UNESCO recognition.

In response to the quintet’s endeavours, Stagecoach Manchester managing director, Christopher Bowles said: “Our employees have shown a great amount of enthusiasm from across our Greater Manchester depots with regards to fundraising for Prevent [Breast Cancer] and the effort shown on this cycle is testament to that.

“We’re always encouraging our staff to challenge themselves and I’d like to thank the team for their dedication and commitment in raising money for such a worthwhile cause.”

An EM60 Presentation, 05 August 2016.

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