Rid­ers gear up for show

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

AN AR­RAY of rid­ers have been lined up for Spald­ing’s pop­u­lar Spring­fields Mo­tor­bike Show.

Al­ready set to ap­pear are Isle of Man TT 600 Su­per­sport win­ner Gary John­son who will ride on Jan­uary 14 while the show will play host to former Bri­tish Cham­pion and seven times TT Win­ner Mick Grant the fol­low­ing day.

And a fur­ther two rid­ers – former Euro­pean Su­per­stock Cham­pion and three-time Su­per­sport Cham­pion Karl Har­ris and Pete Hick­man, who has just fin­ished 9th in the cham­pi­onship – will also ap­pear. A MAM­MOTH en­durance cy­cle ride was in­spired by a brave young boy with a rare kid­ney dis­ease.

Lit­tle Alex Gibbs (9), of Baron Court, Wer­ring­ton, Peter­bor­ough, suf­fers from MGPNTYPE 11, which means he has to be on dial­y­sis for 10 hours a night.

He has be­come the fo­cal point of the Find A Cure For Alex Cam­paign, which was boosted by a £500 do­na­tion fol­low­ing a spon­sored cy­cle.

Jack­son Gar­ner (23) did a spon­sored cy­cle from Lon­don to Cam­bridge for the cause af­ter learn­ing of Alex’s con­di­tion from his dad Andy - who sits next to the fam­ily at Peter­bor­ough United home games.

Jack­son was joined by his dad’s work col­leagues from Huge Crane Clean­ing Equip­ment Andy Keat­ing (46), Peter Bickley (51) and his wife Chris (54).

Dad Andy said: “I sit next to Alex and his fam­ily at ev­ery Posh game, and found out about his con­di­tion.

“When I told my son about Alex he im­me­di­ately de­cided to raise money for him.”

Af­ter the group man­aged to raise £300 in do­na­tions, the Whit­tle­sey Lions de­cided to put in a £200 do­na­tion to make it a to­tal of £500.

Alex’s mum Julie Gibbs said: “We are so thank­ful for the fundrais­ing ef­fort.”

The ap­peal has raised £14,000 since launch­ing ear­lier this year.

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