Tandem challenge to defeat meningitis

4th September 2015

An engaged couple from Yorkshire are swapping their running shoes for a tandem to take part in a punishing Peak District cycling challenge to fight meningitis

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Claire Leaver, 34, and her fiancé Phil Hewitt, 30, of New Mill near Holmfirth are taking on the 100-mile Wiggle Peak District Punisher on Sunday 27 September to raise money for us and disease awareness.

Claire, who is the daughter of our Community Ambassador Lesley Leaver, lost her father Kevin to the disease 15 years ago and, prior to getting married to Phil in December, wants to take on a challenge in his memory. 

“A few days into the new millennium my dad, aged just 50, died from meningococcal septicaemia within five hours of being rushed into hospital. We lost an incredibly kind and loving man who was so dear to us all."

“By supporting the work of Meningitis Now we want to try and reduce the number of people who have to suffer the loss of a loved one and make sure that everyone affected by meningitis gets the support they need.” 

Claire Leaver

Training hard for picturesque ride

The couple, who met through Holmfirth Harriers Athletics Club, have been training hard for the picturesque but challenging ride, which starts and finishes from Bakewell.

“As runners, the thought of cycling 100 miles is hard enough, but doing it on a tandem makes it even more challenging. We’re determined to complete it in my Dad’s memory.”

Claire Leaver

To support the couple’s efforts visit their Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/Claire-Leaver/

“I’m incredibly proud of Claire and Phil and I know Kevin would be too. I’ve told her to just make sure there are no broken bones before the wedding!”

Lesley Leaver, Claire's mother and Community Ambassador 

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