Pedal power for de­ter­mined prison staff fundrais­ers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

A TEAM of ded­i­cated cy­clists man­aged to raise thou­sands of pounds for char­ity by ped­alling through the night at Ser­pen­tine Green Shop­ping Cen­tre.

The team from Peter­bor­ough Prison took part in the char­ity ride at the week­end, start­ing on Fri­day and rid­ing through the night to com­plete the chal­lenge on Satur­day in aid of Sue Ry­der Thorpe Hall Hospice.

The 12 chal­lengers who took part, suc­cess­fully cy­cled 3,200 miles in 24 hours, and although they have not counted the amount raised for their cho­sen char­ity, it is es­ti­mated they raised be­tween £3,000 and £5,000.

The team, who were com­plet­ing the chal­lenge in mem­ory of for­mer col­league Louise Cooper, who died at Thorpe Hall re­cently, thought they would cy­cle at a speed of 25mph but ac­tu­ally cy­cled 30/31mph so went a lot fur­ther than they ex­pected to, cov­er­ing a to­tal of 3,200 miles, com­pared to their tar­get of 2,000.

How­ever, un­for­tu­nately it was not all plain sail­ing as they did have to pop to a one of the shops in the cen­tre and get a cush­ion or two, as the seats on the bikes were less than com­fort­able.

Morale though was ap­par­ently fan­tas­tic for all 24 hours and the lo­cal sup­port they re­ceived was just as good.

In prepa­ra­tion for the event, Gary Clarke, deputy head at HMP Peter­bor­ough’s wom­ens prison, or­gan­ised spin­ning classes at the prison, for the chal­lengers to “en­joy” dur­ing their lunch hour.

To do­nate money to the cause or to find out more about the chal­lenge, visit uk.vir­gin­money­giv­ing.com/ garyclarke3

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