Hospitality helps cyclist

Swanny McCarthy from Wales-charity round Britain cyclist seen at St Paul's Churchyard, Whitley Bay.
Swanny McCarthy from Wales-charity round Britain cyclist seen at St Paul's Churchyard, Whitley Bay.

A cyclist in the middle of a nine-month ride around the country enjoyed a well earned rest in Whitley Bay.

Malcolm ‘Swanny’ McCarthy set off from Aberystwyth on March 3 for his 5,000-mile sponsored ride around the UK, which will finish where it started on December 3 – his 40th birthday.

The 39-year-old is aiming to raise £15,000 for Ty Hafan Hospice, Children with Cancer, and Cancer Research UK.

And he was full of praise for the hospitality shown to him in North Tyneside after stopping off overnight last Wednesday.

Malcolm said: “When I got into North Shields I received great hospitality from The Prince of Wales pub. I was running low on water, so they topped up my supplies and gave me some food. I can’t thank them enough.”

Malcolm also got medical attention in Whitley Bay after hurting his back from cycling eight days in a row – more than the three consecutive days experts had told him.

He decided on the epic challenge after his foster father died from leukaemia and he wanted to raise money for cancer charities.

To sponsor Malcolm visit www.swantour.org.uk