Intrepid trio get the wheels in motion for Norfolk Red Lion Sport Relief challenge

The thought of doing a pub crawl across Norfolk would be a pleasurable experience for most people, but for a three-strong group of fundraisers, their particular charity crawl will involve a lot of exercise and not much alcohol.

During the Sport Relief weekend from March 23-25, Tharston teen Josh Worley will be joined by his father Paul, 44, and experienced long distance cycle rider James Blackett, 39 to undertake the Red Lion Challenge, which involves cycling to all 13 Red Lion pubs across Norfolk to raise money for the Sports Relief appeal.

Starting out at the Red Lion in Needham, the intrepid trio will then cycle 175 miles across the county, visiting Red Lion pubs in Kenninghall, Hockwold, Swaffham, Dereham, Eaton, Bishopgate in Norwich, Halvergate, Drayton, Coltishall, Aldborough, Cromer before finishing at Stiffkey.

Hethersett High School pupil Josh, who is a prolific fundraiser, said he needed ideas for his next challenge and had looked up the most popular Norfolk pub names on the internet, discovering the Red Lion was second behind The Swan.

However, he believed the Red Lion would be more appropriate for the challenge since red was colour of the Comic Relief and Sport Relief campaigns through the red nose worn by fundraisers.


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A support vehicle manned by the Worley family will follow the cyclists along their course to provide any help, while the pubs have also been set the challenge of raising �1,000 each for the challenge by any means necessary.

In 2011, Josh completed the Red Nose Day Pogo Challenge with two school friends, which involved travelling the eight miles from Wymondham to Norwich on a pogo stick and raised �900 for Comic Relief.

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He has also raised money through school events, including pyjama days.

The 16-year-old has also been chosen to carry the Olympic flame between Peterborough and Norwich on July 4, prior to the start of London 2012 due to his efforts for charity and his work in setting up a youth radio project.

He said: 'I like doing charity events and I always try and find something a little bit wacky to do such as the pogo stick challenge.'

To donate to the challenge, visit www.redlionchallenge2012.com. Donations are also accepted by texting 'LION 50 1' to 70070.

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