75-year-old cyclist sets off on 1,000 mile challenge

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A VOLUNTEER driver is setting off on the adventure of a lifetime on Wednesday when he begins a cycle ride from Belton-in-Rutland to Heidelberg in Germany.

Brian Kirby, 75, from Belton, is a volunteer driver for Voluntary Action Rutland.

He became involved in the scheme after he was treated for bowel cancer and was driven to and from hospital in Leicester by volunteers.

He has since been providing the same service for others and is cycling 1,000 miles to Heidelberg and back to raise money for the service and Macmillan Cancer Care.

He said: “I fancied riding down the river Rhine and it was at Heidelberg that the round trip came to 1,000 miles which seemed as good a reason as any to head for home.

“If past rides are anything to go by I will exceed that distance.”

Brian will cycle to Hull to catch a ferry to Rotterdam.

To sponsor Brian visit VAR in Lands’ End Way, Oakham, or send a cheque stating it is for the Rutland to Rhine cycle.