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Four Gascoigne Halman estate agents braved one of this summer’s hottest days so far in order to complete their very own version of the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT).

The team, who were inspired by this year’s Tour de France, managed to raise more than £1,200 in sponsorship.

They chose four charities to receive a share of the money, including East Cheshire Hospice.

Keen to complete their cycle in just one day, James Coppock and Nathan Fitzpatrick planned a condensed version of the TPT, on which they were joined by Richard Leece, who acted as the official paceman, and Gascoigne Halman surveyor John Martin.

The 60-mile challenge began at Southport Pier, passing by all the Gascoigne Halman offices before finally finishing in Didsbury.

Despite a late start and temperatures which reached up to 29 degrees Celsius, the team made it back to Didsbury just in time for closing.

James said: “We started off a little later than we planned, which meant we had added pressure to complete the TPT in just seven hours instead of eight.

“From Southport beach we passed through a mix of picturesque countryside, railways and canal towpaths before reaching Manchester Ship Canal.

“Carrying on through the scorching heat we headed next to Stockton Heath, passing through Lymm, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Sale Water Park and Chorlton before screeching to the doors of the Didsbury office bang on 5.30pm...phew!

“I’m really pleased that we managed to achieve what we set out to do. We all had a fantastic day and are extremely proud to have raised such a significant amount of money for East Cheshire Hospice.

“Our JustGiving page is still available if anyone would like to make a donation. You can find it at”

East Cheshire Hospice cares for people suffering from life limiting illnesses as well as their families and carers, across Buxton, Congleton, High Legh, High Peak, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Poynton, Wilmslow and everywhere else in between.

Gascoigne Halman has chosen to raise money for three hospices this year – East Cheshire Hospice, St Ann’s Hospice and St Rocco’s Hospice.