Harborough teenager’s 70 mile cycle with ‘grumpy’

Archie Hanlon
Archie Hanlon

Thirteen-year-old Archie Hanlon plans to cycle 70 miles around the entire coast of the Isle of Wight in one day to raise money for the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)

Archie, from Harborough, is the grandson of one of the charity’s earliest members, Peter Hanlon, who died in 2011. He will be joined in this cycling challenge on May 16 by his dad, Nic.

This is the latest challenge the family have undertaken to raise funds for the SIA over the past four years and they hope to bring their total funds raised this year up to £4,000 with this latest one.

Archie said: “I wanted to mark becoming a teenager by doing something that was a bit different. Cycling around an island seemed a good idea as the scenery changes constantly. What I hadn’t thought about when I decided to do it was all the hills and how exposed an island is to the weather.

“Dad and I are out every weekend training and are up to 30 miles, so I am confident we can do it – I’ve called this challenge ‘Cycling with Grumpy’ because if you had ever been out training with my dad, you’d understand why.”

Archie will set off with his dad on Saturday (May 16) from East Cowes, aiming to raise £750 for the charity.

Nic Hanlon said: “The charity is very important to our family as my dad was one of its founder members. After a car accident in 1972 he was paralysed and spent 40 years confined to a wheelchair before he passed away in 2011.

“After he came out of hospital following his accident there was a real void in the support received for those with a spinal injury. Dad became one of the SIA’s earliest members. So as a family, we have a great affiliation with the charity.”

To help Archie along his way by making a donation and to read more about their story, visit their fund raising page - https://www.justgiving.com/teams/cyclingwithgrumpy