Chris I’Anson, managing director of Yorkshire-based feed manufacturer I’Anson Bros, and arable farmer and mountaineer Chris Brown, also from Yorkshire, are to cycle the length of New Zealand to raise funds and support for Parkinson’s UK and Claro Enterprises, a charitable organisation that helps those with mental health issues.

 Chris I'Anson And Chris Brown

Chris I’Anson And Chris Brown

The pair hope to complete the 2,200 kilometre challenge in 19 days, averaging over 136km per day. The route will take them from Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island down to Bluff, at the bottom of the South Island. Money raised through the team’s Virgin Money Giving page will be shared between the charities.

Mr I’Anson said: “When Chris came to me with the idea of a charity cycle ride across New Zealand, I just couldn’t say no. It is going to be tough mentally and physically, but it is for two very worthwhile causes. Knowing that all the money raised will be going to great charities will keep us going over the 2,200km journey.”

Mr Brown adds: “Parkinson’s UK and Claro Enterprises are both important charities which do amazing work nationally and locally within the Yorkshire region. Both myself and Chris are keen members of Ripon Runners but as there’s over 75,000 feet of climbs to pedal up, this will be our cycling Everest.

“We have been training hard and are looking forward to flying out to New Zealand. With the public’s help we would love to raise as much money as we possibly can.”

Donations can be made through the team’s Virgin Money Giving page:  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=ChrisIAnsonandChrisBrown&isTeam=true

or visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com  and type in Chris Brown or Chris I’Anson.