Darren M Purvis


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Darren M Purvis, luke westoe

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Supporting ‘The Bobby Robson Foundation’ and ‘Maggies Cancer Centre’, Newcastle

25th August to 3rd September 2017

This summer we will see Darren Purvis and Luke Westoe complete ‘The Andrew Grounsell Challenge’, held in memory of Andrew Grounsell, our friend, colleague, husband to Jo and father to Amy and Henry. 

Andrew had fought bowel cancer for over two years, but sadly lost his fight to this awful disease in October 2016, at the young age of 54.  Andrew was amazing in the way he dealt with his illness and how he continued to carry on with life as normal, continuing to work and push himself right up until the end.  In his memory Darren and Luke propose to push themselves to the limit with the gruelling physical course of the AG Challenge. 

The challenge will see Darren and Luke cycle over 1000 miles ascending over 45,000ft, and climb the UK’s highest 3 Peaks of Snowdon, Scarfell Pike and Ben Nevis on foot ascending a further combined 10,000ft over the 3 peaks. 



  • START – Newcastle
  • 2.5 day cycle south, taking us from England in to Wales.
  • Climb Snowdon (Peak 1).
  • 1.5 day cycle north out of Wales, in to England.
  • Climb ‘Scarfell Pike’ in the Lake District (Peak 2).
  • 2 day cycle north from England in to Scotland.
  • Climb ‘Ben Nevis’ (Peak 3).
  • 1 day cycle east to Edinburgh. 
  • 1 day cycle south from Edinburgh via Bamburgh and back to Newcastle. 

Anyone wishing to cycle a section/ join us for a day of the route or wishing to climb a peak is more than welcome to join us.



Your support is appreciated no matter how small or big, as all donations will go towards helping raise funds for our two chosen charities; The Bobby Robson Foundation and Maggies Centre. 



We would encourage companies in supporting the Andrew Groundsell Challenge and in return we would look to place their company logo on to the support vehicle and use social media to spread the word of those supporting us. 

Companies or individuals can sponsor a ‘Day’ of the event and for more information please contact us at ag.challenge@spacegroup.co.uk or tel. 0191 223 6600 and ask for Darren or Luke.

DAY 1     Newcastle to Kettlewell (Yorkshire Dales) (75 miles)

DAY 2     Kettlewell to Ruthin (Wales) (119 miles)

DAY 3     43 mile ride from Ruthin to the base of Snowdon Welsh climb of Snowdon

DAY 4     Llanberis to Lancaster (138 miles)

DAY 5     61 mile ride from Lancaster to Seathwaite English climb of Scarfell Pike 

DAY 6     Seathwaite to Hamilton (125miles)

DAY 7     Hamilton to Fort William (119 miles) 

DAY 8     Scottish climb of Ben Nevis then cycle Fort William to Tyndrum (49 miles)

DAY 9     Tyndrum to Edinburgh (89miles)

DAY 10   Edinburgh to Bamburgh to Newcastle (139miles)


We would encourage your support en route and especially on the last day, Sunday 3rd September, where we will be joined by friends, family and colleagues to cycle the last leg from Bamburgh to Newcastle on the 65 mile scenic route along the Northumberland coast line. If you wish to join us please contact Darren or Luke for further details.


No matter how big or how small a donation, it all helps to make the event a success and help support two fantastic charities and the work that they do.

On behalf or Darren and Luke, thank you.

Recent donors

22.09.17 Thanks to the generosity of all who donated their loose change to our collection tins at Spaceworks

19.09.17 Well done Darren and Luke , an amazing achievement

19.09.17 Well done completing your tough Andrew Grounsell Challenge. Your friend Andrew would be extremely proud of you both for your achievement and in raising funds for such worthy causes.


17.09.17 Well done guys

14.09.17 Utterly amazing achievement... wow!

14.09.17 Great efforts lads, along way on the bike I am sure. Darren - saw you in the last mile of the Great North Run, you looked strong - another great effort. You lads need to rest up now, those legs must be tired? You should both be proud. A great cause.

11.09.17 Congratulations and very well done on completing this incredible challenge Darren and Luke!


11.09.17 Well done Luke and Darren on your epic AG Challenge. We saw you running the GNR yesterday Darren, do you ever rest? You are a machine!!

10.09.17 Well done Darren and Luke, what a fabulous achievement for a great cause

10.09.17 Inspirational -what a tribute to Andrew - the McConnells

09.09.17 Amazing achievement for an amazing guy.

08.09.17 Well done guys, amazing effort for a great cause. Inspirational.

07.09.17 Well one the pair of you. A tremendous achievemen.t

07.09.17 Well done on completing such a tough challenge, I am sure your friend Andrew would be very proud of you, Luke and you support Andrew Phil . It was lovely to welcome you both back to Maggies on Sunday.

06.09.17 Well done lads

06.09.17 Well done Darren and Luke. We saw you on Look North....your both famous now......raising money for great charities.

06.09.17 Darren and Luke you must both be shattered. Great effort on completing such a tough challenge.

06.09.17 Well done Luke and darren

05.09.17 Huge thanks to Kate at Arup Newcastle for raising funds for our cause


05.09.17 congratulations Luke and Daren on completing the challenge Mam

05.09.17 Well done Darren x

05.09.17 A superb effort Darren and Luke. A tough challenge to cycle all that way, but then to add in 3 mountains on top......now that's tough going. Well done on your support of two very worth while charities. You really did 'kick cancer in the saddle'.


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