Michael goes a long way to help char­ity

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - NEWS -

A CY­CLIST is to ride four marathons af­ter a se­ries of “wake-up calls” prompted him to get fit.

Michael Dearlove, from Billing­ham, slimmed down from 19 stone af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes in June 2015.

He de­cided to raise funds for Macmil­lan Cancer Care when he got wake-up call num­ber two - the death of a close friend from the dis­ease.

Michael, who works for Stock­ton Coun­cil, ap­plied to ride the Lon­don 100 marathon, but was ini­tially un­suc­cess­ful.

He was then ap­proached by char­ity Macmil­lan Cancer Care to ride on their be­half, but that wasn’t enough for him.

“I de­cided to do three more rides for the same char­ity,” he said. “I thought if I com­bined them all to­gether it’s a bit more in­ter­est­ing.”

Michael will take part in four cy­cling marathons: the Coast to Coast in May, fol­lowed by Pru­den­tial RideLon­don 2017, the Selby 3 Swans Sportive 2017 then fi­nally the Velo Birm­ing­ham 2017. By then he will have cy­cled 450 miles.

The fa­ther-of-two said: “For me, it’s a big chal­lenge as I’m still new to this.”

To do­nate to Michael’s Just Giv­ing page visit: http://bit. ly/DearloveCy­cle

Michael Dearlove of Billing­ham, he plans to cy­cle four marathons for Macmil­lan Cancer Care

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