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Your News The 5-6-7-8 Challenge

Just like Newcastle Falcons star, Tom May, who took to the saddle for a bike ride for charity, Seghill Colt Mark Turner put together a team of 7 to take part in the 5-6-7-8 Challege, a 100km bike ride from the Tweed to the Tyne.

The event, which takes place over two days, is organised by Northumberland County Scouts, and incorporates other challenges at various checkpoints along the route.

Mark, along with Kelly Reay, Josh Allsopp, Stu Blackburn, Callum & Joseph Muir and Adam Knights, all aged between 15-17, took part in the event, and had a support team of Paul Kelly, Chris Hobbs and Dave Philipson.

As team leader, Mark also had to obtain sponsorship for the event, and would like to thank the sponsors. Newcastle Clinic LTD donated money for entry fees, food, petrol and t-shirts: Seaton Valley Co-op donated 50 for ectra costs and Adrian's Handyman Services loaned a van for use as the support vehicle.

After spending Friday night at Chain Bridge Honey Farm, the teams began with a cycle ride to Beadnell Bay. After all 7 started, Mark's team dropped to 4 riders, swapping at each checkpoint to conserve energy.

From Beadnell, Kelly, Josh, Adam and Stu ran 6km to Embleton Bay, before setting up camp at Redstead Farm Campsite, Howick, for the night, and taking part in archery and target shooting to gain extra valuable team points. At the end of day one, Mark's team were lying 3rd.

After an early start on Sunday, it was down to Boulmer Bay, where Kelly, Josh, Callum and Adam, clad only in their swimwear, took part in a surfing challenge in the freezing North Sea, while the rest of the team shivered under 3 layers of clothing on the beach!

It was then back on the bikes to cycle to Alnmouth Viaduct, where Mark, Stu and Adam abseiled 100ft vertically down the viaduct.

The teams then cycled along the coast to Ladyburn Lake, near Druridge Bay, where they had to construct rafts from logs and barrels and paddle them to the centre of the lake and back before continuing to ride down to Lynemouth and then on to the QE II counrty Park.

The event ended with a basketball challenge and a barbecue at 1st Hirst Scout Hut, and Mark's team finished a very respectable 4th., and are all keen to take part again next year.

It was also great preparation for the new rugby season for Mark!

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