Team gears up for day- long charity cycle ride

MHDE-19-07-11 BIKE JUL44 (5)'Cummins employees, will be taking part in a 24 hour cycle ride for charity.'Pictured are - Stephen Brentnall, Mark Smith & John Hunter
MHDE-19-07-11 BIKE JUL44 (5)'Cummins employees, will be taking part in a 24 hour cycle ride for charity.'Pictured are - Stephen Brentnall, Mark Smith & John Hunter
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A GROUP of town workers will take on a gruelling 24-hour cycle challenge next week to raise thousands for charity.

Mark Smith, 47, Stephen Brentnall, 38 and John Hunter, 54 will bike across Britain as they bid to complete 270 miles in just one day.

The four all work at engine plant Cummins, on the Royal Oak industrial estate. And their challenge will see them travelling to various Cummins plants on Wednesday to raise money for Help for Heroes and the Cummins community involvement team.

The team will start at Darlington before cycling to Huddersfield, Stanford, Peterborough, Wellingborough and then back to Daventry the following morning.

Mark said: “We’ll have a 10-minute break but the aim is to do it all in one day and we will cycle right through.

“We will start at 7am in Darlington and just go from there. Myself and John did a similar thing last year but during that challenge we covered 440 miles in four days. From a personal perspective this one will challenge us more both mentally and physically. We’ll be riding for 24 hours and through the night so we will be looking to each other for a bit of inspiration.”

As well as the bike ride there will also be a day of entertainment at the Dun Cow, on Brook Street, to raise further funds for the causes. That will take place on Friday, July 31.

Mark added: “We’d like to raise £4,000 between us, that would be a great amount.

“We chose Help for Heroes because it’s close to a lot of people’s hearts at the moment and a well supported charity.

“And the community involvement team do a lot of good work in the area so we’d like to help them too.

“We’d also like to say a big thank you to John Blyth Painter and Decorators and Tailor Made Designs for providing us with T-shirts for the cycle ride.”

To sponsor the team contact Cummins on 01327 886 000 and ask for one of the cyclists by name.