Dave Bowditch, our Head of Fundraising, has successfully completed the second of his three major fundraising feats – a 170-mile coast to coast cycle ride between Morecambe on the west coast and Bridlington on the east.

Earlier in August, Dave, who retires from Action Foundation in October, walked the 24-mile (37km) Yorkshire Three Peaks trail in under 12 hours and a week on Sunday he’ll be taking on the 13.1 mile (21 km) Great North Run.

Of the cycle ride, Dave said: “I really enjoyed it. The first day was pretty tough as there were some hard climbs, especially around Settle but it got progressively easier and the last day in particular, which took us through the Yorkshire Wolds, was absolutely beautiful with some picture postcard villages along what was a mostly downhill ride into Bridlington. If you’re into cycling I’d really recommend it.”

Now Dave has just one more challenge ahead of him, the Great North Run in 11 days time. “I must admit I’m a bit nervous about the distance and I’m not sure I’ll manage last year’s time (Dave did the run in 1:59 for Action Foundation in 2021) but I’m looking forward to the event returning to its iconic city to sea route and I’m sure the atmosphere will carry me along.”

Dave has already raised more than £800 in sponsorship for his triple challenge – if you’d like to help him cross the £1,000 line, you can support him at https://greatnorthrun.enthuse.com/pf/dave-bowditch

All the money raised will be going towards Action Foundation’s projects helping refugees and asylum seekers across Tyne and Wear.