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Preston cyclists preparing for charity John O’Groats to Lands End ride

Posted on - 10th September, 2014 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston News
Dave Lakeland, Mike Warren, Simon Storey on a recent training ride in the Trough of Bowland

Dave Lakeland, Mike Warren, Simon Storey on a recent training ride in the Trough of Bowland

Two Preston cyclists are preparing to take on the John O’Groats to Lands End challenge.

The pair are part of a riding team who will be raising money for the When You Wish Upon A Star charity which grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Mike Warren, 35, said: “Riding from Lands End to John O’ Groats is something most keen cyclists would like to do once in their lives and raising money for a good cause will give us the motivation to keep going.

“We’re doing it over eight days with each day being around 115 miles, which could make it quite a challenge as I’m expecting we’ll be quite tired by the end.

“People assume the route we’re taking north to south is ‘downhill’ and therefore easier, but actually the last part is the hilliest and we’re against the prevailing wind so it’s likely to be more difficult.”

Mike, and riding partner Dave Lakeland, are aiming to raise £7,000 for the charity.

Dave, 41, said: “We’re very grateful to our friend Simon Storey for organising everything – thanks to him we’ve got the support of a van, and a number of sponsors who have helped to pay for kit and food.

“This ride is the culmination of an even longer journey for Simon. It’s the last of three charity rides he’s organised, having already ridden the thinnest and widest routes across the UK.

“His enormous commitment means we’re all very motivated to raise as much as we possibly can to make every mile worthwhile.”

Donations can be made online via Justgiving.

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