Nikki completes 400-mile bike ride for sister

The Posh to Brussels cycle ride in aid of the Free Kicks Foundation EMN-140505-103812001
The Posh to Brussels cycle ride in aid of the Free Kicks Foundation EMN-140505-103812001
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A woman who endured the pain of a 400-mile cycle ride said thoughts of her twin sister kept her going.

Nikki Burkitt, 40, was part of a team of more than 20 cyclists who rode from Peterborough United Football Club to Brussels over four days.

The team smashed their target of raising £20,000 for the Free Kicks Foundation, a Peterborough-based charity which provides football experiences for ill, bereaved and deprived children.

Nikki also dedicated her cycle ride to her twin sister Michelle Ingram, who died in July 2007 aged 33 after her car crashed into a ditch in Langtoft. She was inspired to sign up for the challenge after her 40th birthday, which she should have celebrated with Michelle.

Nikki, who works as a police officer in Shropshire, said: “It was absolutely amazing but really hard work.

“The team kept me going - on the third day I had a broken wheel spoke and everyone rallied around otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to carry on.”

The team also included Michelle’s husband Darren and they were welcomed back to Bourne on Friday last week by Nikki’s parents Margaret and Barry Burkitt, of Ancaster Road, Bourne, and Michelle and Darren’s daughter Amy, eight, as well as Darren’s partner Louise and her children.

Nikki said: “It was quite emotional when we got back. My parents said Michelle would have been proud of us and we just burst into tears.

“She was always in my mind. The fourth day was just horrendous and just thinking of Michelle kept me going.

“I’m really pleased with what we raised and I do think she would be proud. She’d still think I’m mad though!”

Of the £20,000 raised, Nikki contributed about £5,000 - £3,000 from a tattoo show which she organised, £1,500 from a head shave, £300 from a static cycle ride and another £300 from a supermarket bag pack.

Nikki used to be a football referee in the area so she knows the difference the money will make.

And the team, who celebrated their achievement with a party on Saturday night, is already talking about their next challenge - a cycle ride from Spain to Paris.