CELEBRATING A BIG BIRTH­DAY NEEDS A BIG CHAL­LENGE

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

Michael Tay­lor

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