Liverpool to Leeds Enduro Epic

This Easter, five lads and their dads will set out from Liverpool to ride the whole length of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Josiah Lush (Year 7) and his younger brother Isaac (Year 5), aka the ‘Lush Lads’, along with their friends Armin and John, will be giving up the comforts of a warm dry home and heading out for a four day 127 mile epic, weaving their way through the cities and countryside of north-west England, camping along the way. But why all the effort?

The lads and dads all attend Sunbridge Road Mission (SRM) that has, for over 130 years, served in the city of Bradford. There have been lots of change in that time, but the heart of the church hasn’t changed – it’s about sharing the love of Jesus. SRM is a diverse multicultural church family from across all walks of life – and it’s growing!

Although the heart of the church hasn’t changed, what has changed is the church building. Originally six back-to-back cottages knocked through to form a building, you can imagine that space is now running short and the building itself is getting tired with more than a few cracks appearing in the plasterwork and plently of TLC and repair frequently required!

SRM is praying and planning for a brand new building that will provide a welcoming, practical and accessible space to be a blessing to those the church serves for generations to come. This is the Making Space initiative ( – and that’s why the Lush Lads, Armin and John need your help…

How you can help:

  1. Firstly we’d love you to pray for the lads and their dads. Biking the whole length of the canal is a massive undertaking, especially for the boys, and we’d ask for safety in all the practice rides and for the big bike ride itself. With all the snow falling and the current cold weather, having warmer conditions would make a big difference – so we’d appreciate your prayers for that too. It’s also a great opportunity to share with others why we are doing what we are doing and for opportunities to share more about Jesus.
  2. Secondly, for those who are able, the boys would really appreciate and be encouraged by any sponsorship. All funds will go to the Making Space initiative at SRM. The boys’ JustGiving page, with some further info and updates, can be found at
  3. Thirdly, join in part of the journey: whether at the beginning, middle or end, the boys would love some extra company on the trip. The last day (Sat 15 April) will cover Skipton through to Leeds and there may be a stop off at Saltaire. By this time the boys will be pretty wiped out, so having others join in would be a great morale boost. 

More details and updates to follow on the JustGiving page.

Thank you!

Josiah, Isaac and Matt