Mark is pedalling to raise pounds

Mark is pedalling to raise poundsMark is pedalling to raise pounds

Mark Prime from Smalley, just outside the Erewash area, has joined the Million Mile Bike Ride to raise funds for children’s cancer charity Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CFC).

The 59-year-old has pledged to cycle 2,000 miles this year – supporting the campaign’s aim to ride a collective 1,000,000 miles, and raise £1million during 2017.

The money raised from the fundraising initiative will fund specially-adapted trikes, static bikes, exercise equipment and advice for 21 paediatric oncology units across the UK, supporting children living with and beyond cancer.

Mark is a cancer survivor himself and wants to help CFC raise funds particularly for his local children’s oncology units. He plans to achieve his goal mainly off-road, and has already conquered two “imperial tons” (100 miles), suggesting this may be worth a bonus donation or two!

He said: "I have seen first-hand the amazing benefits that CFC can bring to young children through its work.  In 2006 the charity donated a bike to my son’s 14-year-old friend, who then went on to ride LEJOG as a fundraiser, it really inspired me."

People of all ages and cycling abilities are encouraged to take part in the Million Mile Bike Ride – either individually or as a team and create their own personal mileage goal.  All that is needed is a bike and a smartphone to track your miles, which can be automatically uploaded from fitness trackers such as Strava and added to the Million Mile Bike Ride totaliser.

Every rider taking part in the challenge has a personal Everyday Hero webpage, enabling them to track their rides, share their efforts with friends and family and collect donations for CFC.  Riders can also choose a specific region to support, both in terms of money and miles.

To sponsor Mark visit https://cfc.everydayhero.com/uk/mark-prime or to find out more or sign up to the challenge visit www.millionmilebike.org.uk

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