Press release

For immediate release Bristol – 9/8/2010

Local Unicyclist takes up Coast To Coast challenge

Software engineer Peter Haworth is facing an uphill struggle as he gears up to ride 140 miles across the country on one wheel.

Peter, 39, rides the 2.5 miles to work on his unicycle every day in Bristol, but on the 23rd of August, he will be joining a small group of fellow one-wheelers who plan to ride the Sustrans Sea to Sea Cycle Route, in order to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. The ride will take them from Whitehaven on the West coast, through the Lake District and the Pennines, to Sunderland on the East coast.

“I ride to work every day, and even play unicycle hockey once a week,” says Peter, “but a normal week for me is less than 30 miles in the saddle. On the Coast to Coast challenge, we’ll be riding more than that every day for four days in a row. I’ve been training pretty hard for the last few months to build up my stamina, so I think I should survive the challenge.”

Peter will cycle 140 miles to raise awareness of keeping fit and healthy and helping beat heart disease by supporting the charity. “My resting heart rate has dropped by 30% since I started training for the challenge, so there’s clearly a definite link there.”

Peter and his unicycle are a regular sight in the city, and he is hoping the local community will support him in his cross country challenge. “My family, friends and colleagues have been very generous and I hope other people in the city will sponsor me if they can,” said Peter. “Even a few pounds will make a huge difference and mean that The British Heart Foundation can continue their invaluable work .”

You can follow Peter’s training progress on his blog at pmh1wheel.org, and sponsor him by visiting his online fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/pmh1wheel. You can pay by credit or debit card, and the money will go directly to The British Heart Foundation. Where supporters are UK taxpayers, the charity will automatically receive 28% extra in Gift Aid, which makes Justgiving the most efficient way of sponsoring Peter.

Notes to Editors

For further information or to arrange a photo call please contact Peter Haworth on 07960 159 649 or by email at pmh@cpan.org.

For further information on The British Heart Foundation please ring 020 7554 0164 or visit www.bhf.org.uk.

For further information on Justgiving.com, please contact Mike Wells on 0845 021 2110.

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