Fundraising on 2 wheels update

Energetic supporters from the diocese of Leeds, Paul Sullivan and Nigel Cawthorne, have raised an impressive £2000 on a sponsored cycle ride around the Sea of Galilee, to be split between FHL and a local Franciscan charity. Paul writes,

“The Jesus Trail runs from Nazareth, east to Arbel Cliffs overlooking the Sea of Galilee. From there is a precipitous drop to the water. It’s a walking trail, which I have done several times in both directions, but riding proved to be quite a challenge. The terrain varies considerably, the biggest problems were the rocks. I miscalculated the daylight hours which meant we rode for an hour in the dark along a dry river bed at the bottom of Arbel cliffs. For the final hour, it became impassable and we had to push, more like drag, our laden bikes. It was the hardest and best days riding I have done anywhere. But well worth it to raise money for Friends of the Holy Land and St Patrick's Mission/Fransiscans of Bradford.


“In nearby Migdol we stayed at Beit Bracha, a retreat house run by some American friends who lived around 10 years in Bradford. Our second day was ‘circumnavigation’ of the Lake. Mostly on asphalt but the off road section had the worst mud I have ever encountered – tougher even than Yorkshire mud!

“Our final day was going up ‘the cliffs’ - the road next to it has plenty of switchbacks but is energy sapping. The final 2 hours were ridden in rain and, again sadly miscalculated, in the dark. Many thanks for the hospitality at Christ the King Church, Nazareth; St Georges College, Jerusalem and Suhair in Bethlehem (last two not on ride).”


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