CELEBRATING A BIG BIRTHDAY NEEDS A BIG CHALLENGE
A PENSIONER will celebrate his 80th birthday by cycling 150 miles in three days for charity.
Michael Taylor, 79, from Chesham, will tackle the three-day Coast-to-Coast ride from Grange-overSands in the Lake District to Scarborough, in North Yorkshire, on June 17, 18 and 19.
Mr Taylor is doing the ride after being challenged by his friends.
He said: “Friends know I cycle a bit to keep fit so they challenged me to celebrate my 80th birthday by doing the three day Coast-to-Coast ride.
“It is 150 hard miles, some 30 of which are totally off-road and therefore require at least a hybrid bike, which is slower than a normal road bike.
“I have therefore been obliged to push my training rides to the extreme (for me) and I hope I will be able to make it all the way. I will be the oldest by far on the ride!”
Mr Taylor is aiming to raise at least £1,500 toward the salary of the Marie Curie nurse who covers some of the route he is to cycle over.
He added: “Marie Curie nurses care for terminally ill patients and their families. Most of us have had someone in our families who could have benefitted from Marie Curie’s care at that critical time, so please be as generous as you can – it’ll be better than any 80th birthday present!”
To sponsor Mr Taylor visit www.justgiving.com/ Michael-Taylor53.