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Gary aims for cruising altitude…on a bike

Published: Tue 21 Jun 2016 at 13:55

Updated: Thu 23 Jun 2016 at 08:41


Mount Everest is 29,000 feet high. A aircraft flying to Alicante cruises at 33,000 feet. This coming Sunday, Gary Chaplin will cycle to almost that height, raising money and awareness for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity. You can support him too and win a pair of return flights.

How do you reach that height on a bike? Well, Gary and a small team of riders will spend 10 hours on Sunday 26th June repeatedly cycling up the infamous Cat’n’Fiddle climb near Macclesfield.

The climb is 1,449ft, over a distance of seven miles. Gary will cycle it more than 20 times, climbing 29,000 feet in total. That means he will cycle longer and climb higher than any single stage of this year’s Tour De France.

There is a serious message to this challenge. Gary is raising money for a Heli-Pad at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. At the moment, Air Ambulances carrying critically injured children are forced to land up to nine miles away in Barton, and they then face a 20-30min road journey to the hospital.

This is a fantastic initiative which is proud to support. You can sponsor Gary via his Just Giving page One of the prizes for sponsoring £50 or over is two return flights from Manchester Airport to any one of our 48 destinations. Good luck Gary!

Philip Meeson, Executive Chairman at and Jet2holidays comments: ‘’I am personally delighted to support this very brave challenge for such a great cause – The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity - for their badly needed Helicopter landing pad’’.

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