Nine-day charity challenge

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TWO colleagues from a Harrogate firm have embarked on a nine-day challenge to raise money for charity.

James Ogden, 30, of Hookstone Avenue, Harrogate, and 25-year-old Paul Horridge from Leeds, began the Lands End to John O’Groats bike ride on Saturday, June 4.

They will also be completing a 26-mile hike over the highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland as part of the End to End Extreme challenge set up by their employer, Engage Mutual.

They will be supporting the Steve Prescott Foundation, which raises funds for Try Assist, supporting injured former rugby players, and cancer centre The Christie in Manchester. Its founder, Steve Prescott MBE, who is fighting terminal cancer, will be joining the pair, along with 14 others, for the challenge, which is set to finish on Sunday, June 12.

James, who is a sponsorship executive at Engage Mutual, said: “Steve is inspirational; he works tirelessly to raise money for good causes and to inspire other people. The tasks he sets himself are always extreme –but this year’s challenge goes to the next level.

“Both Paul and I have been training in preparation, but this calls for extreme endurance and grit. But you can’t fail to be lifted when someone like Steve Prescott is alongside you.”

To find out more or to follow their visit www.engagemutual.com/rugby. To sponsor them, visit www.justgiving.com/jimmy-ogden or www.justgiving.com/paul-horridge.