Hitting the long road for kids’ charity

Cyclists who will take part in a charity bike ride are: (top row, L-R) Nigel Baxter, Mark Green, Michael Peters, Asa Smith, (bottom row, L-R) Joe Linstead and Duncan Stather.
Cyclists who will take part in a charity bike ride are: (top row, L-R) Nigel Baxter, Mark Green, Michael Peters, Asa Smith, (bottom row, L-R) Joe Linstead and Duncan Stather.

A GROUP of keen cyclists put pedal power to good use during an epic ride across Europe to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The group of ten friends, all employees at the Capita call centre at Manvers, rode across five countries on the continent in just five days.

Starting from their workplace on Sunday, April 29, they travelled to Hull for a crossing into Holland, then through Germany, Belgium and France before catching the ferry back to England.

The cyclists, whose ages range from 20 to 45, covered a distance of 430 miles to raise funds for the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Rotherham.

Event organiser Duncan Stather, 39, of Cemetery Road, Mexborough, said the group were keen to take on the new challenge after they did a London to Paris ride last year.

He added: “This one has been a brilliant ride. We haven’t had any problems and everyone seems to have enjoyed it.

“Bluebell Wood is a great charity and we want to raise as much as we can.

“The total currently stands at about £7000. I want to say thank you to everyone for supporing us.”

Visit their sponsor page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/5countrychallenge