Saturday, 25 September 2021

Father and son attempt 340km charity cycle ride in Burma

A FATHER and his teenage son are preparing for a charity cycle challenge in Burma.

A FATHER and his teenage son are preparing for a charity cycle challenge in Burma.

Chris Norris, 46, of The Hamlet, Gallowstree Common, and 14-year-old Adam will attempt to ride 340km along part of the road to Mandalay next month.

They are raising money for the Hope Asia Orphanage in Yangon as Mr Norris is a trustee.

The pair will be part of a team of 19 cyclists attemptin the challenge, which will take about a week, starting on October 22, when Adam will be on half term from Leighton Park School in Reading.

Mr Norris said: “It’s the third time I’ve ridden for the charity, which supports two children’s homes — one in Cambodia and one in Myanmar.

“It’s going to be a really special trip. It will be interesting for Adam to see a world that isn’t all iPads and tablets.”

Adam said: “It’s an opportunity to see amazing things and to meet the children the charity works with. I’ve not done anything like this before but I like cycling. It’s going to be a long ride but it’s very, very exciting.

“My friends have said it’s amazing. They ask if I’m going to make it, especially because it will be so hot.”

Mr Norris and his wife Helen’s other son Toby, eight, has been helping to raise funds by making crafts to sell at a stall at their home.

Mr Norris and Adam will cycle from Yangon to Bagan, then on to Popa and Myingyan before reaching Mandalay and only ride in mornings and late afternoons.

Mr Norris said: “We’ll have a break during the hottest part of the day and make sure we drink plenty of water along the way.”

HopeAsia was set up by Crispin Fairbairn, from Caversham. It provides vulnerable children with accommodation and lessons.

To donate, visit adamandchrisnorris

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