Cycle pair set to saddle up for fundraising ride

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ENTERPRISING Hucknall man Clayton Inman, who only took up cycling five months ago, has set himself a daunting challenge.

Clayton (32) and a friend, Paul Parkin (51), formerly of Hucknall and now living in Awsworth, are to cycle 48 miles as part of the Great Nottingham Bike Ride.

They will set off from the side of the River Trent on Sunday July 15 and ride through numerous small villages, with Holme Pierrepont on part of the route.

Clayton helps to run a family business, Extra Grip Tyres, in Lenton and Paul is an aerospace engineering inspector at the Hucknall works of Rolls-Royce.

“I took up cycling as a hobby to get fit,” said Clayton. “I have been cycling to work, which is a 20-mile round trip, and I’ve also been biking at weekends for fun.

“Well, I thought it would be a good idea to put all the effort into doing something for charity.”

The ride is for Cancer Research UK in memory of Clayton’s sister-in-law, Sharon Ford, his grandad, Gaston Inman, and two friends, Dave Cain and a Mr Beale, who all fell victim to cancer. “It’s sad to think that cancer affects so many lives,” he said.

Paul said: “I am aligned to the general consensus that charity work for cancer research and treatment is a very worthy cause.”

You can donate online at or giving £10 via the text message: FORD90£10 to 70070.

OUR PHOTO shows Paul Parkin and Clayton Inman getting set to do their charity bike ride in aid of Cancer Research.