Langtoft man cycles more than 200 miles in challenge

A CHARITY fundraiser has cycled more than 200 miles in just 12 hours.

Mike Shattock, 41, of Truesdale Gardens, Langtoft, completed the challenge on Sunday.

His cycling club Fenland Clarion organised the cycling event to raise money for the Royal Hospital of Neuro-Disability in Putney, which is caring for his wife Sam, who suffered a cardiac arrest last year.

Participants were challenged to take part in a seven-mile loop between Helpston, Bainton and Ufford for as little or as long as they wanted.

Mike was pleased with how it went and said: “More than 80 cyclists took part throughout the 12 hours of cycling, with some cycling as little as one lap - and others cycling well over 100 miles.

“Four of us completed the full 12 hours - Mark Seymour, Steve Jones, Steve Hope and me.”

Mike said it was a difficult challenge to complete, but worth it as more than £550 was raised for his cause.

He said: “I can honestly say it was one the most exhausting experiences of my life.

“Until Sunday, the furthest I had ever cycled in one day was 120 miles, but it was a fantastic event with tea, cake and a barbecue being served throughout the day.”

Mike is completing a series of challenges as part of The Yellow Beetle Challenge in a bid to raise £10,000 for the hospital.

Another event being held to raise money for the charity includes a talk on historic buildings by an expert in architecture, who is also Mike’s friend.

Dr Jonathan Foyle, who is a regular contributor on Channel 4 programme Time Team and holds a doctorate in buildings archaeology, will be at Stamford Arts Centre on Tuesday, October 11.

Tickets cost £6 and are available from www.stamfordartscentre.com or by calling the box office on 01780 763203.

To find out more about Mike’s upcoming challenges or to sponsor him visit www.yellowbeetlechallenge.co.uk