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Matt's Coast to Coast in less than 12 hours!


 4 years on from breaking his back and Matt (Instructor at the Calvert Trust) completes the Coast to Coast in less than 12 hours!


Matt Hopkins age 29 and an Instructor at the Lake District Calvert Trust, Keswick decided to raise money for the Trust by completing a challenging Coast to Coast cycle ride in under 12 hours. It was only 4 years ago that Matt had a personal climbing accident and broke his back and pelvis and was initially told that it was uncertain if he would walk again.

Matt, who lives in Keswick said, “This is the first time since my accident that I have felt I could push myself and I thought that the Coast to Coast would be a great challenge whilst raising money for a good cause.”

It was an early start for Matt and his friend Robin Steels (also a Calvert Trust Instructor) as they started their challenge at 6am in Seascales along with 438 riders last Saturday morning. Matt said that at that time in the morning it was stunning scenery passing through the Lakes especially with it being so quiet on the roads.

Matt and Robin had not chosen an easy route for their Coast to Coast challenge as they had a total of 150 miles to complete with a 4500m ascent via Hard Knott and Wrynose passes in the Lake District! Their wives Ruth Hopkins and Claire Steels provided moral support throughout the day by cheering them along with cow bells-Tour de France style!

As the day progressed and the miles were achieved their journey took them over the Yorkshire Moors before they finally caught a glimpse of the sea and their end goal of Whitby. Matt said, “ It was great to see the sea and enjoy the final downhill miles to Whitby- even better was enjoying fish and chips in the evening whilst celebrating with family and friends”. Matt went on to say that the whole experience was brilliant and that he would definitely consider doing a similar challenge in the future. Matt’s official finishing time was 11 hours and 36 minutes and he came 191st out of 438 riders.

The Lake District Calvert Trust helps over 4000 people with disabilities a year to meet their own challenges and achieve their potential through the provision of adventurous outdoor activities. It costs over a million pounds a year to run the centre and about three-quarters of this is paid for by visitors and their supporters but we have to raise the remaining £250,000 every year so sponsored events like Matt’s are key to raising funds.

Centre Director Sean Day commented, “Congratulations to Matt, it has been a fantastic personal achievement for him and we are very grateful that he also chose to raise money for the Trust at the same time. Matt knows through his work at the Centre just how much can be gained from a trip to the Calvert Trust which is why it is so important that people chose to support the Trust  through fundraising events so that we can continue the important work with people with disabilities.”

If you would like to make a donation to Matt’s fundraising please visit


Thank you to professional photographer James Kirby who gave us permission to use his fantastic photograph of Matt!


Matt C2C

Please contact
our Fundraising Team:


Jeremy Duxbury

Tel: 01598 763221


Catherine Little

Tel: 01434 250232

Lake District

Lynn Healey

Tel: 01768 772255



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