Dean beats illness to finish bike challenge

Dean Madden.

Dean Madden.

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A CYCLIST from North Tyneside has raised hundreds of pounds for charity, despite becoming ill during a cycling challenge.

Dean Madden, of Stonelea, Holystone, was struck down with a stomach bug while he cycled from Tynemouth to Whitehaven in the coast-to-coast challenge.

The 41-year-old battled on, however, and completed more than 210 miles, raising over £600 for Help for Heroes.

Dean, a customer services manager at the Newcastle Building Society, said: “I love a challenge and this certainly didn’t fail.

“The Tynemouth to Whitehaven stretch went really well with great progress made.

“I even managed to tackle the 12,000 feet uphill stretch and was 30 miles off my target before the stomach bug I picked up several hours earlier floored me.

“Up until then the ride was steady and while tiring the support I received prior to it through donations really gave me the encouragement I needed.

“On the way back I had the support of some fellow cyclists, which created a great community feel.

“I am so thankful to them for their support during the tough closing stages and thanks to my colleagues at Newcastle Building Society for their generosity.

“We’ve made a great sum for Help for Heroes, our charity of the year, which is marvellous.”

Dean is a member of the Tyneside Vagabonds Cycling Club in Newcastle and has been a road cyclist since 2007.