NGK su­per-cy­clist for NZ

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Su­per cy­clist Stu­art Bayne is to un­der­take an­other marathon char­ity ride to raise funds for the NZ Down’s Syn­drome As­so­ci­a­tion (DSA).

Stu­art, who is sales man­ager – north for NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, last year com­pleted an 1,100km spon­sored cy­cle ride through Europe to raise more than £17,000 for the char­ity and this year is plan­ning to go even fur­ther by cy­cling the length of New Zealand’s South and North Is­lands – a dis­tance of some 2,100km.

Ig­ni­tion spe­cial­ist NGK – the lead­ing sup­plier of orig­i­nal equip­ment (OE) spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK sen­sors – will once again be a main spon­sor of his char­ity ride with a num­ber of NGK cus­tomers, col­leagues and friends also pledg­ing funds.

Stu­art (53) said: “In­spired by my cy­cle ride last year across Europe, I in­tend to go one bet­ter this time round. Lands’ End to John O’Groats crossed my mind, but clearly was not a big enough chal­lenge, so dur­ing De­cem­ber, I will be un­der­tak­ing a char­ity cy­cle ride of over 2,100km as I aim to travel from Bluff at the south­ern tip of New Zealand through the South Is­land, cross­ing Cook Strait on the ferry and con­tin­u­ing through the North Is­land, end­ing my ride at Cape Reinga, the north­ern­most part of the coun­try.

“I will be rais­ing funds for the New Zealand Down’s Syn­drome As­so­ci­a­tion, of whom I have first-hand knowl­edge, as a par­ent, of their ac­tiv­i­ties to sup­port and en­cour­age peo­ple of all ages with Down’s Syn­drome to live full and re­ward­ing lives.”

Down’s Syn­drome is a ge­netic con­di­tion caused by the pres­ence of an ex­tra chro­mo­some 21 in the body’s cells which oc­curs by chance at con­cep­tion.

The NZ DSA is the only or­gan­i­sa­tion in the coun­try fo­cus­ing solely on all as­pects of liv­ing suc­cess­fully with Down’s Syn­drome and aims to help peo­ple live full and re­ward­ing lives.

The father-of-three, who lives in Haver­hill, Suf­folk, said: “The start of the jour­ney will see me ride over quite flat ground so I plan to cover as many km a day as pos­si­ble be­fore I reach more chal­leng­ing ter­rain where the el­e­va­tion I will en­counter will rise by as much as 1,400m in a day.”

Stu­art, whose wife Ruth hails from New Zealand, will be ac­com­pa­nied on his jour­ney by his father-in-law Bar­rie Atkins, who will drive the sup­port ve­hi­cle.

Anyone wish­ing to sup­port his marathon ride, which sets off from Bluff on De­cem­ber 4 and ends at Cape Reinga, on De­cem­ber 22, should con­tact him on 0044(0)7770 382377 or email him at stu­ Al­ter­na­tively you can copy the link be­low into your browser to make a do­na­tion. give.ev­ery­day­­tom-up

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