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Cyclists tackle 150 mile round trip to meet the Archbishop of York in fundraising bid for new Learning Resource Centre

Graeme Holdsworth, Claire Readey, Martin Gibson

Friday 3rd July 2015

Two intrepid cyclists from Cranmer Hall, a leading theological training college in the North East of England, will embark on an epic journey from Durham to York and back in a bid to fundraise for a new Learning Resource Centre on the 6th July.


Martin Gibson, a staff member, and Graeme Holdsworth, a Cranmer student, will undertake the challenge in just one day, cycling to Bishopthorpe Palace to be greeted by the Archbishop of York before refilling their water bottles and returning back to Durham.

The Learning Resource Centre is the most significant fundraising project for St John’s College and Cranmer Hall in their collective histories.  The £2.5m project will see the development of a 21st century learning and teaching space which will offer a new and enhanced environment for learning, with individual and group study space along with audio-visual equipment in flexible teaching and meeting spaces – including video conferencing facilities for joint teaching with other UK and world-wide programmes.

Rev. Prof David Wilkinson, Principal of the College said: “We are committed to providing the best resources we can for those who pass through our doors.  Our existing library, housed in a former chapel, simply does not meet the needs of our students.  

“Because we are financially independent of Durham University, we receive no external funding for such projects.  We have already raised over £1.8m through the generosity of friends and supporters of College.”

Martin Gibson said: “Although we are both experienced cyclists, Graeme is more used to the longer distances than I am.   He is also younger and much fitter than me!”

To support this venture, please visit .  For further information about the sponsored bike ride, please telephone Martin Gibson on 0191 3343883

For more information on St John’s College and Cranmer Hall, please visit

David Wilkinson is Principal of St John’s College,  a college with an Anglican foundation within Durham University, and Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University.  A former astrophysicist, he is widely known for his speaking, writing and broadcasting on the topic of science and religion.

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