Former Linby captain set for charity trek

Peter Campbell, left, and Matt Keetley who are in training for their Lands End to John O'Groats cycle ride in July.

Peter Campbell, left, and Matt Keetley who are in training for their Lands End to John O'Groats cycle ride in July.

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A WATNALL cyclist who will be pedalling from Land’s End to John O’Groats is looking for sponsors to help him and his team complete the nine-day challenge.

Pete Campbell (35), a former captain of Linby Colliery football club who now coaches Moorgreen Colts Under 7s, will set off from Land’s End in Cornwall on Saturday, July 20 and cycle the 980 miles to John O’Groats, in Scotland.

His fellow cyclists include his brother Mike (33), from Gamston, Watnall’s Greg Hodgson (38), and Rich Jones (37), from Solihull. Also riding will be Matt Keetley (50), who was Pete’s manager when he played for Linby Colliery.

Last summer, Pete raised more than £2,500 for the charity Christian Aid, when he completed a 300-mile ride from London to Paris, but this year he hopes to surpass that total.

Pete said: “The team is actively looking for sponsors and, in particular, a supplier of energy products, snacks and foods that can be used during the ride and at feed stations. The team is self funding this ride so any offers of support are most welcome.”

The cyclists are raising money for Christian Aid, Nottingham Hospitals Charity and Disability Snowsport UK.

Pete chose to raise funds for Disability Snowsport UK due to his work at Tamworth Snowdome, where he is a part-time snowboard instructor, and he has seen for himself the work of the charity to make skiing and snowboarding accessible to everyone.

Greg will be raising funds for Nottingham Hospitals Charity, a charity close to his heart after a family member suffered a stroke whilst abroad and was subsequently cared for at Acute Stroke Unit at Nottingham City Hospital.

To help with fundraising, the team is planning a spring BBQ and a golf day, with venues and dates to be confirmed. People wanting to find out more about the ride, and how they can help the riders, should visit www.lejog2013.co.uk