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Cyclists saddle up to help raise vital funds for worthy charities

By Tim Coulson

Some of the cyclists from the Pelargos Foundation
Some of the cyclists from the Pelargos Foundation

Cyclists from across the area have been saddling up to help raise money for a number of worthy causes.

Keen cyclist, Allen Norris, 31, from Stamford is set to take on a 24 hour cycle challenge from London to Paris, covering a total of 250 miles.

Allen Norris EMN-150916-133517001
Allen Norris EMN-150916-133517001

Allen will set off at 10am today, cycling from White Hart Lane in London to New Haven, where he will then have to take a four hour ferry ride to Dieppe in France. He will then cycle to the finish at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which he must reach by 10am tomorrow.

This is just one of many cycle challenges that Allen has completed over the years, since 2012 he has cycled painfully long distances to help raise money for charity.

This year he will be raising funds for Reach, a charity which supports children with upper limb deficiency.

Allen, who works as a marketing manager in Peterborough said: “I decided to do a cycle ride every year until I turn 35, to help raise money for charity.

“Knowing that I’m doing it to raise vital funds, will help to spur me on to keep going.”

To sponsor Allen visit his JustGiving page.

A group of former Stamford School boys, will also be taking to the sadle this weekend - this time in a 40 hour charity static bike relay.

The team made up of 20 friends, are part of the Pelargos Foundation, a Stamford based charity set up in 2014 to help raise money for good causes.

This year they will be raising funds for The British Liver Trust and Give Directly.

They will aim to collectively cycle 2500 miles non-stop at the Stamford Wine Bar in St. Paul’s Street, starting tonight at 8pm and finishing on Sunday at 12pm.

To donate visit the Pelargos Foundation’s website.

Richard McDermott, an airman based at RAF Coningsby and from Greatford, took on a cycle from Paris to London to commerate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

He took on the 221-mile journey with four of his fellow airmen from the base and were among 52 cyclists who cycled triumphantly onto The Mall on Saturday, with the aim of raising more than £50,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity.


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